West Suffolk MP delighted by broadband investment

Matthew Hancock MP
Matthew Hancock MP

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has welcomed the announcement that the Government is to provide a further £4.82 million for the rollout of superfast broadband in Suffolk.

This money is part of a £250m allocation by the Government across the country, on top of the £1.2 billion already being invested in improving access to superfast broadband, with the aim of extending superfast broadband coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017.

Difficult to reach areas, including those in Suffolk, are intended to be amongst those who will benefit the most from this cash.

This means that across the country 10,000 homes a week are being upgraded, set to rise to 40,000 a week by this summer.

The £250m will help connect a further million premises to the superfast network.

In Suffolk the County Council, through Better Broadband for Suffolk, has led the way in rolling out access to superfast broadband, supported by £11.68m from the Government.

Today’s money is in addition to this and will allow the council to reach even more properties.

The Better Broadband rollout is currently 60 per cent complete. If you want to find out more about the programme, for example if you are covered by the rollout areas, you can visit http://www.betterbroadbandsuffolk.com/ for more details.

Commenting on the announcement, Matthew said: “I am delighted that the Government is investing almost £5m in superfast broadband in Suffolk, on top of the £11m it has already put in.

“Access to broadband is essential for homeowners and small businesses, especially in rural areas.

“This money means that we can connect more homes to the superfast network and more families can benefit from all the services unlocked by a fast connection.”