Christmas came early in Norfolk today as it was made the first county in the country to get superfast broadband in a £30m deal.

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Norfolk County Council and BT signed the deal which aims to double the number of homes and businesses able to access fast internet within three years.

The project also aims to get 44,000 houses where there is no access, the “not spots”, to gain a minimum speed of two megabits per second (Mbps), as well as allowing more people to make use of internet speeds of at least 24Mbps.

It is hoped this historic deal will make it easier for people to do business, which will in turn boost the local economy.

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of next generation access, visited County Hall in Norwich to officially launch the project.

Buy tomorrow’s paper for more on the historic launch.

18 comments

  • Hang on.... "Bill Murphy"? You MUST be joking??

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    Fenscape

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Nice to see that they dragged a table round to the huge marble map of Norfolk just to let us know that they are yet again firing OUR money up the wall because of another useless business decision. I guess that a small consolation is that we all get to look at the picture in order to brush up on our crossword skills. Hmmm "Watton" - I've got 4 letters and am left with "O" and "N". Anyone got better?

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    Fenscape

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • If Norfolk is the first, then how come that here in Cornwall this week they have signs up saying super fast broadband is HERE NOW???

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    ggj666

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • This is great news! Just think how much it will bring to the local economy? All those thousands of people buying in bulk from China and selling it at twice the price on Ebay, Whoopeeeeeeee!

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    John L Norton

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Can we take it as read that NCC can save the taxpayer £millions by finally abandoning Ms Hannam's PR department now that the EDP are taking the strain?

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    Fenscape

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Yes NCC hype, faithfully reported verbatim by the EDP with no journalistic input whatsoever. How come all you contributors know this is a sham but EDP journos can't do some simple investigation? Expect a 2 page spread of more fawning drivel in tomorrow's paper.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • How can anyone believe all this rubbish about fast broadband? We pay for 8 megs but are lucky, on a good day, to get 2. Ringing BT and complaining only gets you the pleasure of talking to lots of different people. Happy Christmas everyone...

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    disolushund

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • The headline for this article is totally misleading, as many other commenters have pointed out here. We are talking here about the start of a programme which AIMS to improve Broadband provision in Norfolk. I know that NCC are milking this 'historic deal' for all it is worth as a publicity coup, but that's no excuse for this kind of uncritical coverage from an independent newspaper.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • perhaps we can expect super fast replies from our Councillors and MP, not!

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    Marigold

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Did someone comment fast at 24mbps? Well how behind as we get 100mbps here in Armidale NSW.

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    dr.zack

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • This is just a stitch up on the taxpayers expense as per normal, BT has the rights to show premier league matches for the yokels of Britain in the coming season . Why should big companies get our cash for competing with Sky????????

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    nrg

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Whatever next? A project manager called "Cory Borrett"? Or "Derrick Wheelabrator"?

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    Fenscape

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • First, what utter rubbish it's happening right across the UK. This is simply another case of NCC trying to up themselves.

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    Old Long Balls

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • 3 years to wait for this? Satellite and 3G brings Norfolk to speed like this already. And there are Norfolk companies providing these services, and we are making jobs for Norfolk people in the process.

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    Richard Dix

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • What complete and utter and total twaddle. Superfast broadband is not here and is not due to arrive for another three years (by which time those two unlovely specimens flanking Mr Businessmen in the photo above will be history) Superfast broadband was due to arrive this summer. Then we had an announcement that it was definitely arriving - but in three years time. Will it? None of us knows. In three years time there will be another stupid announcement from the NCC assiduously copied verbatim by their pet scribes, the journalists on the EDP saying that it will take another three years after that. Meanwhile it is still faster to send out man with message in forked stick to trot into Norwich than to send an email from where we are. I am thinking of getting carrier pigeons. They will definitely be faster. Let's hope that the County Council will have been taken over by Independents who will care more for the county than for their own selfish ends by the time we get the next announcement about broadband.

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    Electra

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Norfolk first to get superfast broadband? Rubbish! Get your facts right.

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    Electra

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Ann Steward and Bill Borrett cabinet members Norfolk County Council. These are the people who ignored 65.516 people in West Norfolk who said they did not want a poisonous Wheelabrator waste incinerator. You have nothing to be proud of. Super broadband so you can bring trash in from all over the world to keep Wheelabrator profits good to line the pockets of American shareholders.We will remember this bunch at election time.

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    Jack

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • When I first read about this 'deal' I thought NCC were spending taxpayer's money, subsidising a company who makes £squillions, to provide a service that they should have been doing years ago, and would have done so had there been any decent competition. Surely no one is that stupid and irresponsible? Or is this another of NCC's a £ for you and a £ for me deals?

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    Honest John

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

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