Suffolk Councillors to press government on fibre broadband

Monday, November 18th 2013
The Leader of Suffolk County Council will meet with the government in a bid to improve fibre optic broadband coverage in the area.
Suffolk Councillors to press government on fibre broadband
The Leader of Suffolk County Council has revealed he will meet with government officials in an attempt to boost the county's access to fibre optic broadband.

Mark Bee and local MP David Ruffley will visit the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Ed Vaizey on December 2nd 2013 to bid for some of the coalition's £250 million pot of funds that has been ring-fenced for next-generation broadband rollouts.

According to the East Anglian Daily Times, Mr Bee's crusade has come as a reaction to complaints from residents in areas such as Battisford, near Stowmarket, who claim the speed of their connection is inadequate.

There are already plans in place to introduce 90 per cent of the region to a fibre optic service by 2015 through BT's commercial rollouts, but if the Council Leader is successful with his plea, this coverage will be extended to 95 per cent.

Mr Bee went on to say that it is most likely the funding would be focused on the "hard-to-reach" spots of the county.

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