A key priority for the Liberal Democrats in government has been ensuring that rural areas like Norfolk don't get left behind in an increasingly digital economy. Access to fast broadband is important for increasing numbers of individuals and businesses, and it is essential that rural areas do not lose out on the benefits.
The Government has funded Better Broadband for Norfolk - a local scheme led by Norfolk County Council that will see most people in rural Norfolk get access to fast broadband for the first time.
BT are aiming to provide 90% of properties in Norfolk with access to a good standard of broadband, with super fast fibre-optic broadband available to up to 357,000 properties in Norfolk. BT have predicted completion by the end of 2015. Since July 2013, more than 350 fibre optic broadband cabinets have been fitted in Norfolk through the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme so huge progress is being made for our county.
At the end of last year the Government announced a further £17.9m investment in Norfolk’s broadband programme – with the aim of acelerating the programme, and including more properties. Details of how the money will be used haven’t been decided yet.
Once your local cabinet or exchange has been upgraded, you will need to contact your Internet Service Provider to discuss the options to upgrade your broadband – and you can of course decide you don’t need to upgrade!
Do you have a particular story about the frustrations of slow broadband – or how you have benefited from upgraded speeds? Is your area currently excluded from upgrade plans? Get in touch and let me know!