More of Suffolk will get superfast broadband access

Mark Bee with a fibre optic broadband cabinet
Mark Bee with a fibre optic broadband cabinet

Suffolk’s Better Broad band programme will reach more properties than planned thanks to extra funding

Suffolk County Council says the extra cash means instead of the current target of 85 per cent of premises having superfast broadband (24Mbps) by 2015, and every property with at least 2Mbps, ‘up to 95 per cent’ of the county will have superfast fibre access by 2017.

Councillor Mark Bee, Suffolk County Council leader and chair of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme, said: “I’m looking forward to this additional work getting underway and the day that slow, or non-existent, internet speeds are a thing of the past in Suffolk.”

David Ruffley, Bury St Edmunds MP, last year arranged for Cllr Bee and Suffolk’s Better Broadband technical people with broadband minister Ed Vazey and got agreement for extra funding for rural areas.

A ‘mini-competition’, separate to the current Better Broadband for Suffolk contract with BT, will identify a suitable supplier.

Officials aim to complete tendering by the summer for work to start by the end of 2014.