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Nine of out ten Suffolk properties now linked to high-speed broadband

PUBLISHED: 14:15 21 July 2017

Jane Storey and Matt Hancock at a broadband rollout in Haverhill with  Kim Mears of Openreach and Suzanne Moazzeni of Alphtech. Picture: BT.

Jane Storey and Matt Hancock at a broadband rollout in Haverhill with Kim Mears of Openreach and Suzanne Moazzeni of Alphtech. Picture: BT.

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The number of Suffolk properties with access to high-speed broadband has now passed 90% – and the county is set to pass the 98% mark in 2020.

But that would still leave 7,000 properties in internet “not-spots” and boffins at the county council and its BT partners are working to try to reach those last addresses.

Around 315,000 properties now have the option of using fibre broadband, an increase of more than 127,000 from when the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme started deployment in 2013.

The county has signed an extended agreement with BT’s Openreach to make high-speed broadband available to around 50,000 more properties reaching 98% of all properties during 2020.

County council deputy leader Jane Storey, Suffolk County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for broadband, said: “While it’s great that 90% of Suffolk homes and businesses are now connected to fibre broadband, there is still more work to be done to get the entire county connected to high-speed internet.

“We remain committed to delivering that, and making sure that no-one is left behind.”

Steve Haines, managing director of next generation access for Openreach, said: “Our partnership with the county council in Suffolk continues to be a huge success. It’s transformed the way people get online.

Minister of State for Digital and West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock said: “Our rollout of superfast broadband has already reached hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Suffolk, but there’s more to be done.

“We want everyone to have access to fast and reliable broadband, and I’m delighted that this new contract means even more people are going to benefit from our continued investment in better broadband for Suffolk.”

Mark Pendlington, Chair of the New Anglia LEP, said: “This is another major step forward in the digital transformation of Suffolk which is essential if the county is to become the best place in the UK to live, work and learn.”

The switch to fibre broadband will not be automatic. Each household or business will need to contact its broadband service provider to upgrade.

To check if your property can access superfast broadband, visit the website at www.betterbroadbandsuffolk.com and check your area for coverage.

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