Norfolk will have some of the best broadband connectivity in Europe as new plan is launched
06:30 28 January 2015
Copyright: Archant 2015
£17.9m extra funding will see 90% of properties in Norfolk get access to fibre-optic broadband.
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Karen O’Kane, director of the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme, said: “In order to get faster speeds you need to check if it is available in your area and then contact your provider to upgrade your services.”
Norfolk will have greater high-speed fibre-optic broadband coverage than France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
That’s according to the man at BT in charge of connecting Norfolk to super-fast internet.
Yesterday saw representatives from Norfolk County Council, BT and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership to mark the £17.9m extension of the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme.
Bill Murphy, BT Managing Director for Next Generation Access, said: “Norfolk is in a leading position in terms of fibre broadband. This launch is about getting to 90 percent coverage but our further ambition is to get to 99 percent by 2018.”
On Monday, January 27 it was announced that by the end of 2017 a further 25,000 mostly rural homes will be connected to the super-fast fibre network.
This is on top of the £41m deal in 2012 to improve internet speeds for 174,000 homes and businesses.
Mr Murphy added: “Our priority is doing this in a way that is of best value for all stake holders, tax payers and the County Council.”
He said that if extra central government funding is made available then Norfolk will benefit from it.
“One of the first official things I did when I became leader in May 2013 was to attend the laying of the last fibre in Croxton.”
George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council said: “It has always been a priority of this Council, we have put money into it even though councils are short of cash.”
Mr Nobbs added: “We will continue until we have at least 99% and then tackle the last one percent.”
Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Broadband is as important as road and rail for the economy of Norfolk.”
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