Norfolk wants residents and businesses to say yes to better broadband
If you live or work in Norfolk then the County Council is looking for you to stand up and say you want better broadband. While surveys have been carried out before, this one is being carried out to try and provide better information for the potential broadband providers to assess how viable their various schemes may be. A key part of the survey being current speed and how much people would be willing to pay extra for faster broadband.
The Norfolk project was one of the first areas to have its BDUK allocation of £15m announced, the council itself will be match funding this amount. Thetime linee is such that a private sector partner will be appointed in Autumn 2012, with the network build commencing in early 2013. The aims are to provide a minimum 2 Mbps to all and speeds of 30 Mbps and faster to as many properties as possible. The plan estimates 30% of the first phase will be complete by the end of 2013, 60% by end of 2014 and the remainder by end of 2015.
The situation in the county is thought to be such that some 60% of the county will without the Better Broadband projects intervention not have access to superfast broadband.
Registration on the sayyestobroadband.co.uk website will be open until 31st March 2012, and details of the scheme will be in the local press, with hard copies of the survey form available at local council offices and libraries, or can be submitted by phone on 0344 800 8023.