Village is the first to benefit from Norfolk’s superfast broadband roll-out

Norfolk County Council switches on its first fibre broadband cabinet, in Croxton.   George Nobbs (leader of County Council), Kev Black (from BT), Bob King (Parish Council Chairman) and Hilary Cox.
Norfolk County Council switches on its first fibre broadband cabinet, in Croxton. George Nobbs (leader of County Council), Kev Black (from BT), Bob King (Parish Council Chairman) and Hilary Cox.
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Dozens of residents and businesses in a village near Thetford are the first to benefit from a multi-million pound superfast broadband initiative.

Homes in Croxton can access download and upload speeds of upto 80 and 20 megabits per second respectively following the installation of the first street fibre cabinet in the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme.

The £41 million scheme is being delivered by Norfolk County Council and BT to ensure more than 80 per cent of homes and businesses in the county can access high speed broadband by the end of 2015.

Croxton is the first of 30 communities to benefit from the initial round of the programme.

Bob King, chairman of the parish council, said the move will be a ‘great help’ to residents and the village’s small businesses ranging from farming, agricultural and commercial.

He said: “The very low speeds have always been a proble m and this means they can multiply 10 fold. We’re lucky if we get 2.5Mb. I know two people who’ve signed up already and they’ve got 40. It’s a huge step forward and we’re delighted to have been chosen as the first.”

George Nobbs, leader of the county council, said: “The residents here are the first to benefit from superfast speeds delivered by this partnership and thousands more will follow across Norfolk.”