Broadband partnership boosts Norfolk
Norfolk County Council’s partnership with BT has given more than 185,000 mainly rural homes and businesses access to fibre-enabled broadband, ahead of schedule and under budget.
More than 80% of households and businesses in the county can now buy a superfast broadband service (24 Megabits per second and above), thanks to the ‘Better Broadband for Norfolk' (BBfN) programme.
That figure is nearly double the number who could receive these speeds three years ago, before the programme got underway.
Originally due to finish this month (December), the first BBfN programme contract completed three months early, reached more properties than anticipated and made significant savings.
The money saved as part of the first contract has been reinvested in the next phase of the BBfN programme, which is now underway, bringing faster broadband speeds to even more remote parts of the county.
The first areas set to benefit from the second BBfN contract are parts of Burgh St Peter, Barnham Broom, Barford, Bawdeswell, North Creake, Dereham, Ashwellthorpe, Bradwell, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Shropham, Hanworth, Starston, Harleston, Hickling, Sea Palling, Thuxton, Cawston, Bradenham, Southrepps, Gunthorpe, Ridlington, East Ruston, Weasenham St Peter, Little Fransham, Topcroft, Woodton and Wymondham.
Faster broadband services for these areas are set to become available by the end of March 2016 and the website will be updated monthly about which areas will benefit next.