Better Broadband is coming to Norfolk and Breckland
At a seminar organised and hosted by Mid-Norfok MP, George Freeman, an interested audience of business people and residents heard about the imminent rollout of better broadband for Norfolk, brought about by a three-way partnership between Norfolk County Council, Central Government and BT.
A combined investment of 41 million is expected to see more than 80% of Norfolk premises able to access superfast broadband with speeds of 24 Megabits per second or better.
Speaking about the seminar, Mr Freeman said Rural Norfolk is being seriously affected by poor telecoms and broadband. Our area has hundreds of micro businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs working close to home, young people who need remote access to learning and job opportunities, families and pensioners who need to access to e-health and public services.
I have arranged this seminar to provide our constituents and local businesses with an outline of the different providers and solutions that are now available to help people find the right solution for their individual needs.
Mr Freeman paid tribute to Ann Steward, who was County Councillor in charge of the portfolio and responsible for much of the work done to date. Mrs Steward lost her seat in the recent local elections.
Karen O Kane, Programme Director Better Broadband Norfolk, gave a comprehensive presentation on the project and the plans for Norfolk.
She emphasised that commercial contracts were in place to ensure delivery in line with the project timescales and the areas in Phase 1 of the rollout were expected to be identified in around six weeks time (early July).
In a lively Q&A session, there was some impatience from the audience to know when the new services would be in place. Ms O Kane explained that infrastructure installation in one area would open up other areas to upgrade, it was not yet possible to give firm dates for an individual area. To achieve the greatest coverage and speed uplift possible for the investment available, the Council has not specified locations for upgrades as this would have placed technical constraints on the supplier and would ultimately lead to less coverage and speed uplift.
For those business who really needed an answer now, there were a number of independent service providers present and displaying their services, all of who could deliver good broadband to almost every area in Norfolk now.
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- ^ http://www.ruralbroadband.co.uk (www.ruralbroadband.co.uk)
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- ^ http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/ (www.superfast-openreach.co.uk)