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Suffolk County Council tenders to extend BDUK to 95 per cent of population

Up to 95 per cent of people in Suffolk could get superfast broadband after Suffolk County Council put out to tender to potential suppliers.

The tender will significantly extend the reach of superfast broadband in the county under the current Better Broadband for Suffolk programme.

The extension has come about after the authority recently secured additional funding. It is now looking for companies to come forward with ideas on how they would carry out the extra work.

The current target is for 85 per cent of premises in the county to have speeds of 24Mbps or more by 2015 with speeds of 2Mbps for everyone else. The tender will extend this to 95 per cent by 2017.

Councillor Mark Bee, Suffolk County Council leader and chair of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme, told the Haverhill Echo: “We’re only five months into the delivery of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme and we’re already looking at how we can take it to the next level.”

“Our current commitment to making superfast speeds available to 85 per cent of Suffolk homes and businesses is only the beginning. We want to push forward so that even more people are able to benefit.”

“I’m looking forward to this additional work getting underway and the day that slow, or non-existent, internet speeds are a thing of the past in Suffolk.”

The tender will involve Suffolk County Council looking at what broadband coverage commercial providers are planning to deliver. The tendering process should be completed by this summer.

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