Breckland Council chiefs back £950,000 broadband project

Michael Wassell, Breckland Council leader ENGANL00120130609102727
Michael Wassell, Breckland Council leader ENGANL00120130609102727
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A £950,000 package to improve broadband connections has been approved by council chiefs.

The investment, which was approved by members of Breckland Council’s ruling cabinet this morning, will be matched by similar investment from central government.

Officials say the money will help to ensure that up to 94 per cent of homes in the district will be able to access superfast connections over the coming years.

The investment will be made as part of the multi-million pound Better Broadband for Norfolk programme, which aims to improve connections across the county.

The authority says that the number of people with access to some form of broadband connection has soared from 30 per cent at the start of work in 2013 to 79 per cent currently.

Its leader, Michael Wassell, said: “I’m very pleased that many, many more homes and businesses can now access at least basic broadband, with a significant number able to make use of high-speed fibre-optic services if they choose to.

“Decent broadband connectivity is very important in this digital age, whether people are using it for shopping and keeping in touch with friends, or accepting business orders and contacting suppliers.

“More still needs to be done though, which is why we are continuing to support the Better Broadband for Norfolk initiative and to look at ways we can put this important infrastructure in place for as many people as possible.”

The cash had initially been set aside for the project in June 2014.

Meanwhile, the district is also set to benefit from a share of a £5.3 million rebate from the Better Broadband contract.