"What a fantastic Christmas present this contract is for Norfolk. It brings the promise of better broadband access and speeds for thousands of properties, with the first services due to be available by this time next year.
We know how many people and businesses are frustrated by slow or no broadband access in Norfolk, it’s one of the biggest issues facing our county. It has far-reaching implications, on our competitiveness, on our learning opportunities and on Norfolk’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and do business.
This is why when the opportunity arose to receive Government funding to bring better broadband to Norfolk, we acted swiftly and invested £15 million in the project, and were rewarded with the same figure from BDUK, making us one of the first counties to be successful in getting Government backing.
With the contract now signed, work on the project will get underway in the new year. Over the next three years Norfolk will be transformed as networks are upgraded and better broadband becomes available in large parts of the county, including in many of our more rural locations. Norfolk stands to benefit from this investment for decades to come, and we're extremely proud to be bringing this about for the county."Ann Steward, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Norfolk County Council
Work should start now in the New Year with the first new services delivered before the end of 2013 and the project completing in Autumn 2015. The big question for residents of Norfolk will be what service will they get and when, hopefully once the planning teams have done their work the council and BT will be able to release timetables for the work.