Council chiefs sign £17.9 million Norfolk broadband deal

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Even more homes and businesses in Norfolk will benefit from access to faster broadband as the successful Better Broadband for Norfolk programme is set for a multi-million pound extension.

Norfolk County Council and BT has signed a £17.9 million deal for a major increase in the extensive network of fibre cables and roadside cabinets installed since the original project got underway two years ago.

Once installation work on both the first and second contracts is completed, it is expected that coverage of fibre broadband will reach 90 per cent of Norfolk premises.

This deal sees £6 million of central Government funding matched by £5 million from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and £1 million from the county council. BT will be contributing £5.9 million over the term of the contract.

Another £6.4 million has been committed to help Norfolk contribute to the Government’s national target of making high-speed broadband available to 95 per cent of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2017. Half of the £6.4 million has been pledged by five of Norfolk’s district councils, including West Norfolk, and the remainder comes from central government.