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Milestone as 100,000 homes and businesses in Norfolk get better broadband

PUBLISHED: 13:25 14 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:39 14 November 2014

A project to get better broadband in Norfolk means 100,000 homes and businesses can now access faster services. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

A project to get better broadband in Norfolk means 100,000 homes and businesses can now access faster services. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

Submitted: Norfolk County Council

A superfast broadband revolution to get people better connected in Norfolk has reached a massive milestone - with 100,000 homes and businesses now able to access high-speed internet services.

Norfolk County Council leaders said the county is surging ahead of many parts of the country, as the partnership between the authority, BT and government agency Broadband Delivery UK bears fruit.

The milestone announcement came as the government said 1.5 million premises across the UK can now receive a superfast (24 Megabits per second and above) broadband service thanks to such partnerships.

Council leaders said, of all the broadband projects awarded under the Broadband Delivery UK contract framework in England, the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme has achieved the most progress.

The milestone of 100,000 premises has been achieved less than two years after Norfolk County Council and BT signed a landmark deal in 2012 to bring about improved broadband access in the county. The council put up £15m, matched by the government, while BT invested £11m.

Since July 2013, more than 350 fibre broadband cabinets have been installed. Two of the most recent ones are in Methwold, where more than 600 homes and businesses now have access to the new fibre network.

Dr Marie Strong, chair of the council’s broadband working group and member of the Better Broadband for Norfolk steering group, said: “I’m so very pleased that we have reached the magic number of 100,000 homes and businesses able to access high speed fibre broadband.

“The Better Broadband for Norfolk programme is at the forefront of all the broadband projects across the country, which puts our county in an excellent position for the future of Norfolk’s children, families and businesses.”

• What do you think of broadband coverage in Norfolk and Suffolk? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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