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Norfolk broadband campaigners call for business support

Tuesday, March 29th 2011
Employers in the county have been urged to submit evidence of how fast broadband would help their operations.
Norfolk broadband campaigners call for business support
Norfolk broadband lobbyists have called for employers in the county to explain how fast internet access would help them to grow and boost the economy.

The Eastern Daily Press and Norfolk County Council have launched a campaign to win the support of local business leaders and get them to provide evidence of how beneficial super-fast broadband would be to their operations.

These messages will then be handed to the government on April 15th 2011 as part of the bid to secure funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

It is thought that bringing high-speed networks offering downloads of up to 40Mbps to Norfolk would cost between £70 million and £80 million, with BDUK potentially accounting for at least £10 million of this total.

County council leader Derrick Murphy said: "We want Norfolk to be a place where we encourage new skills, boost the economy and create jobs. Broadband will be essential for that."

Earlier this month, chief executive of Shaping Norfolk's Future Chris Starkie told the newspaper he is "confident" the county will win BDUK cash.

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