HIGHSPEED BROADBAND BOOST

PUBLIC MEETING

FOR RESIDENTS OF THE CLARE AREA

ON HIGHSPEED BROADBAND

Stansfield Village Hall, CO10 8 LP

at 7pm Monday 17 November

 SCC Cabinet this week agreed to a new £10million contribution to phase two of the plan to secure high-speed broadband across Suffolk. Procurement for this next stage should be completed by the end of October.

In the first phase of the programme, high-speed broadband is expected to have reached 85% of homes and businesses by 2015, with the remainder being offered a minimum of 2megabits per seconds (Mbps).

However, with this new investment, matching the £10million coming from the national government agency Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), will ensure that the total proportion of premises receiving super-fast broadband speeds will reach at least 95% by the end of 2017.

Suffolk is at the very cutting edge of this programme. This second phase will put our county at the forefront of broadband development, and give our businesses a much-needed competitive advantage. Crucially, it will also radically improve the way that the county council, and other public sector organisations can provide services. We are now on our way to 95% coverage.

We know that reaching the final 5% will be more difficult and I have been given the task of chairing a cross-party group of councillors to find ways to achieve the full 100% – I am so looking forward to getting to work on this.