Suffolk County Council is in talks with the government in a bid to secure money to provide the county with superfast broadband.
Should the bid be successful, the council aims to cover 95 per cent of premises in the county with access to fibre-optic broadband. The current target is 90 per cent by 2015.
Leader of Suffolk County Council Mark Bee told local newspaper the Ipswich Star that the county could be a top priority for the government as it is one of the first counties to be rolling out superfast broadband.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to Fibre Broadband and BDUK“We are due to meet with Ed Vaizey MP on 2 December to present him with our application for additional funding,” he said.
Any extra money provided by the government would have to be matched by the local authority in order for the bid to be approved. This bid is expected to be formally submitted by the end of the year.
Bee told the paper that the money would help provide faster broadband in “hard-to-reach” areas. Suffolk has pledged to improve speeds to about one third of properties in the county.
Bee said that residents in some villages had complained about the speeds they were getting and that he would “hold BT’s feet to the fire” in order help residents get faster broadband.
The council leader is looking to get residents from several Suffolk villages to come to a meeting next month to discuss the views on a potential superfast broadband rollout in the area.