Work is now beginning to improve the broadband service in the rural areas of Suffolk Coastal.
This bespoke work is being carried out to plug the gaps in service in our area.
Cllr Ray Herring Suffolk Coastal’s Leader explained:
“We believe having access to high speed, affordable broadband internet services is essential for the continued economic growth of our district and important to our communities, particularly in the more rural areas,”
“Our Enabling Communities agenda is all about helping our communities to grow and prosper. We believe providing better broadband is central to the success of this priority.”
Suffolk Coastal is an active partner in the county-wide, Suffolk Better Broadband Programme which has the aim of providing 100% superfast fibre broadband coverage across the county.
But it is recognised that there is likely to be 2-3% of properties that will be without access to reasonable broadband services when the existing programme ends in mid 2020. In rural areas, the percentage without access is expected to be much greater.
So, in support of our Enabling Communities priority, a Suffolk Coastal Enabling Broadband Programme Board was established in June 2017 with the aim of supporting those communities which are likely to be in that 2-3% to not have access to an affordable high speed broadband service.
Initially, work was carried out with local communities to identify the worst affected areas and to map out what work needed doing. Then, in May this year, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet threw its weight behind the scheme – and put aside £250,000 to pay for the work.
Now the contracts have been awarded and work has begun to provide the improved coverage in the worst hit areas, across over 50 parishes across the top half of the District (in an area north of a rough line across from the Orford Peninsula).
For more information, see our Enabling Better Broadband section.