Superfast Essex, part of the national Superfast Britain Program, has secured an additional multi-million pound investment from Essex County Council to extend the availability of Superfast broadband services across the county.
At today’s cabinet meeting the Council agreed to a contribution of £5.5 million, an amount which will be matched by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. There is an expectation of an additional amount of £9.5 million from an as yet unnamed supplier who will be contracted to carry out the installation work.
This is great news for those of us who live in rural areas of the county and are being ignored by BT when it comes to basic broadband services, never mind superfast fibre connections. These additional funds will help to increase the proportion of residential and business properties that have access to fibre broadband services from the initially planned 87.4%, to 95% by 2016.
The full press release from Superfast Essex can be found on their website: Superfast Essex Broadband Extension Programme approved
The website also contains lots of information about the whole program, including events where you can meet the team and ask questions, as well as a postcode checker to let you know when superfast broadband will be installed in your area.