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Norfolk to get better broadband after being dubbed as one of 'UK's slowest'

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Norfolk County Council has welcomed the news of a major expansion of the fastest type of broadband, Gigabit, which could benefit up to a third of properties in early 2023.

The superfast broadband is also referred to as full fibre or ultrafast, and has a speed of 100-1000 megabits per second, compared to 30 megabits per second for superfast broadband used in most homes today.

In layman's terms this means that websites load faster and videos are less likely to buffer.

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This is a particular issue for rural areas in Norfolk and with the rise of home working and the importance of internet access, this campaign has the potential to give a boost to 35 per cent of properties.

Three rural Norfolk constituencies are among the slowest in the country when it comes to broadband speed, with Ofcom reporting that the average speed in the UK is 64 megabits per second, whereas in North Norfolk it's just 37.5 megabits per second.

The law states that every household has the right to request at least 10 megabits per second.

A BT Openreach spokesperson has said: "We have worked hard to provide 95 per cent of homes with superfast broadband,and are aware there is a way to go with rural areas in Norfolk.

"We have started building in West Norfolk areas like Downham and are working closely with the council on our commercial rollout of Gigabit."

Councillor Tom FitzPatrick, cabinet member for innovation, transformation and performance, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Norfolk is among the next batch of areas to be set to benefit from this review announced by the Minister.

“This is another win for our Better Broadband for Norfolk campaign, achieving significant speed upgrades all across rural Norfolk.

"We are amongst the first locations to benefit from this latest wave of funding which we very much welcome.

“This phase is likely to contain all properties within Norfolk that are not expected to gain access to Gigabit capable broadband via commercially funded programmes or any other initiatives.

“Implementation would be expected to start in early 2023, which fits well with our third Better Broadband for Norfolk contract, another step in ensuring that Norfolk continues to enhance its digital capability.”

Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) is a multi-million pound partnership, transforming broadband speeds across the county by installing high-speed fibre optic networks.

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