BT £3.9M CLAW-BACK WILL FUND FURTHER ROLL OUT OF FIBRE BROADBAND

Suffolk’s broadband programme is being boosted by around £3.9 million under the clawback clause in our contract with BT, which is brilliant news for those of us waiting anxiously to find out when our communities will be linked up to the new tecnology.

The extras funds will be used to extend further the reach of high-speed fibre broadband across Suffolk as part of the Better Broadband for Suffolk Programme.  When take up in an area connected up to highspeed broadband reaches 20per cent, BT has to pay us back …and take up in Suffolk has been very high – in some areas the cabinets are over subscribed within weeks of being activated. In truth that is partly becasue BT still hasnt appreciated the likely level of take up in the county and partly a reflection of how bad average speeds have been in some areas.

We are on course to hit our target of reaching 100,000 properties by the end of this year and will shortly be briadbdnentering our second agreed contract with BT to deliver even more coverage in 2016 and beyond. We are committed to reaching 100% of properties by 2020. It is important for all residents and businesses to understand that where high speed broadband service is available, they must contact their service provider to make the switch. It is not an automatic process. Not least because each person signing up means more money to extend the service