Methwold secures better connections as county broadband scheme hits 100,000 milestone

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A West Norfolk village is the latest to benefit from a £41 million programme which officials say has delivered superfast broadband to 100,000 people across the county.

Two roadside cabinets, offering access to high-tech fibreoptic connections, have now been installed in Methwold, improving the service to hundreds of homes.

Martin Storey, county councillor for the village, said: “I know how grateful people in Methwold will be to get access to superfast broadband.

“Householders and business owners have been telling me for some time how much they need a better broadband service and I’ve no doubt the village will quickly feel the benefit of a faster connection.”

The work is the latest scheme delivered under the Better Broadband for Norfolk initiative, which has been funded by Norfolk County Council, BT and the government.

Both the council and the government committed £15 million to the project in 2011, with the telecoms company putting in the remainder of the funding.

And an extra £9 million has also been committed to improving services through partnerships with district authorities such as West Norfolk Council, which pledged to spend £500,000 on better connections earlier this year.

Dr Marie Strong, chairman of the county council’s broadband steering group, said: “I’m so very pleased that we have reached the magic number of 100,000 homes and businesses able to access high speed fibre broadband.

“The programme is at the forefront of all the broadband projects across the country, which puts our county in an excellent position for the future of Norfolk’s children, families and businesses.”

Caroline Goldsworthy, BT’s programme manager, added: “This technology is providing a major boost for local households and businesses in Norfolk, whether they are using it to work more efficiently and find new customers or for online learning and leisure.”