New chance to help the Better Broadband bid

THE Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign is launching a new survey seeking views from community and consumer groups.

A business survey began before Christmas has had 900 responses and the campaign opened the new survey this week.

Mark Bee, leader of Suffolk County Council and chairman of the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign, said: “We’ve built up some tremendous support behind the campaign but we still need to demonstrate Suffolk’s need and desire to improve access to broadband.

“We want to hear from young and older people, families, teachers, nurses, manual workers and indeed every household in Suffolk. I am encouraging everyone to take a few moments to visit our website and complete the survey. It could make the difference and is a very important part of us demonstrating the demand that’s out there.”

The campaign says the survey takes only five minutes to complete and does not involve making a firm commitment.

Its plan to widen the survey to community and consumer groups has been welcomed. Dr Wil Gibson, chief executive of Suffolk Acre, the countywide community development charity, said: “We have seen that businesses want to ensure better broadband for Suffolk becomes a reality. It is also vital that everyone else lets us know of what they need from superfast broadband.”

The campaign has also announced that it will hold a Broadband Planning Conference at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, on March 9, with places for 250 delegates, where it will formally launch the consultation on the its commercial plans for the county, the community broadband provision and local requirements.

The survey and conference details will be at www.suffolk.gov.uk/broadband