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