Essex poised to award super-fast broadband contract

Wednesday, July 17th 2013
Essex's super-fast broadband contract will be handed out in the coming weeks.
Essex poised to award super-fast broadband contract
Essex County Council (ECC) is set to name the preferred provider for its super-fast broadband rollout in the coming weeks.

The local authority has decided to push forward with its infrastructure improvement plan following a meeting of its cabinet on Tuesday (July 16th 2013), having launched its tender process in May. 

A response from prospective suppliers is expected on Friday, after which the council will make its final decision and draw up a contract to be signed. Once this has been done, work on the project will be able to get underway immediately.

The county has been running a survey among local residents and businesses to ascertain details of current broadband coverage and speeds, with more than 12,000 responses received so far.

Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure at ECC, said: "I am pleased that we are now one step closer to bringing super-fast broadband to parts of the county that currently do not get this service."

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