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Better broadband promised to Suffolk
Friday 18 March 2011 16:14:21 by John Hunt

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, has promised Suffolk that better broadband would come to the area. Hunt visited a farm and hotel in the county to hear about broadband connectivity issues. The government plans to deliver fast broadband to every community by building them a 'digital hub' connected back to a fibre network. This will come from the £530m (in this parliament) of funding which will help get those in broadband not-spots online. Hunt does acknowledge that this is just a starting point, and businesses and homes will still need to establish a connection to this hub.

"That's not going to deal with the whole problem, because people will then have to work out how they're going to connect their home or business to that fibre point.

"But at least if we put a point in your community linked to the national fibre network we'll be able to give you a way to solve that problem."

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture

Suffolk will be looking to get access to some of the funds being made available in April through the second wave of funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the governments 'delivery vehicle' for the £530m of broadband funding.

"We need to make sure we get as strong a bid together as we can for the April round of bidding for money from government.

The stumbling block in the past has been that our local authorities haven't been 100% signed up and [now] we've got a very strong team working on it."

Dan Poulter, Conservative MP for Central Suffolk

Comments

Posted by TaRkADaHl over 6 years ago
So, a point in the community which is linked to a fibre network. I imagine we could call this magical device an... 'exchange'.

Have they confirmed whom will maintain these hubs yet?
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
Exchanges don't offer internet transit though, do they ? There are rather more "commuities" than 5,500 too.

It'll be put out to tender, so the answer is they'll be operated and maintained by whoever gets the job.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
and we all know who will get the job don't we? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOkijxkY0Gc The cabinet meeting in Lancashire... I wonder if Jeremy knows what the councils are doing with the funding intended for rural areas? Good luck to Suffolk, I hope you succeed. Looks like Cumbria is gonna go the way of Lancs too.
Posted by mervl over 6 years ago
Nice to hear that the SoS is going round the country promising better broadband to selected areas in advance of the funding allocations. Would be interesting to know much of the funding will be left after each "community" pays its consultants and admin. costs. And aren't our politicians so clued-up. I'm grateful to have "alternative" broadband provided commercially and without BDUK funding; I'm not sure I'd have got it otherwise!
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Significant lack of detail in the words from Mr Hunt.
Posted by mervl over 6 years ago
Somerset: That just shows his commitment to the government's "localism" agenda, of course!
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Indeed Somerset, and what is "the national fibre network" ? The BT Backbone?

So they are putting in a hub into a community with no users (until they work out how to connect them) so until then who pays for the backhaul to the "the national fibre network" ?

Sounds like another well thought our gov proposal.

Not sure what you mean herdwick, exchanges provide connectivity to the wider network, sure.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
there's no service available at my exchange that provides let's say 100 Mbits/s of internet connectivity for £2k per month.

If someone paid for and built the thing than that would become a possibility, after that we could see what entrepreneurial effort could provide - like WiMax services for example.
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