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Faster broadband for households in North Norfolk

Faster broadband for households in North Norfolk

Published by Grace Marner
5:15am 13th August 2019. (Updated at 5:36am 15th August 2019)

95% of north Norfolk Households have access to faster broadband.

This is all because of North Norfolk District Council's £1 million investment into the Better Broadband initiative.

In co-ordination with Norfolk County Council and other District councils a collective £15million was invested into increasing the coverage of high speed broadband across the county.

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The current fund included a £5.3million take-up rebate from the first Better Broadband contract in 2012 which was allocated to the District Councils that invested, which in effect created an additional £1.50 for every £1 invested by North Norfolk District Council.

That was back in 2012 when only 11% of North Norfolk properties had access to speed of 15Mbps. By the end of 2015 that number had increased to 74%.

By the completion of this rollout at the end March 2020, coverage in North Norfolk is expected to have risen to 92%.  This has already been surpassed, as of the end June 2019 coverage had reached 95%.

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Cllr Eric Seward, Deputy Leader of North Norfolk District Council and Portfolio Holder for Finance, said: 

"I am delighted that the Council's significant contribution to the programme is leading to much improved broadband connectivity in North Norfolk.

"This is important to the local economy as it will provide a resource for businesses and make information and shopping online more accessible to residents.

The Better Broadband for Norfolk programme aims to make Norfolk an even more attractive place to live and work, by making high speed connection as widely available as possible. This increases learning opportunities, reduces social isolation and enables people to work, shop and bank from home. 

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