Getting broadband access to thousands of homes in Norfolk is of more importance to the county’s infrastructure than dualling of the A11, the leader of Norfolk County Council has claimed.

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Norfolk County Council’s cabinet today (Monday) agreed to appoint BT for a project which is the first of its kind in the country and will revolutionise the county’s internet network.

The multi-million pound project will put superfast broadband services within reach of more than 80pc of properties by June 2015 and more than double the number of properties in the county that have access to speeds of at least 24 megabits per second (Mbps).

It would mean every single home and business in the county would be able to access a basic usable minimum of 2Mbps – including the 44,000 properties currently languishing in broadband “not spots”.

The county council has secured £15m of government funding to match its own financial stake in the scheme and will now sign a contract within weeks.

At today’s council meeting, councillors praised the success of the Say Yes to Broadband campaign, led by the Eastern Daily Press, which saw more than 15,000 homes and businesses calling for better broadband.

Derrick Murphy, leader of Norfolk County Council, said at the meeting: “The Lord Lieutenant said to me that this was more important to the county’s infrastructure than dualling the A11 and I think that is an understatement.

“It is an exceptional initiative. There are no words which can say just how significant this is for the people of Norfolk.”

Ann Steward, cabinet member for economic development at Norfolk County Council, said without the investment, 57pc of the county would not have broadband by 2015, so the council’s intervention was essential.

Once the contract is formally awarded later this autumn, detailed planning of the installation schedule will begin,

18 comments

  • This is very anti competitive and very un Tory like. BT will have no competition thus keeping prices down. It would have been far better if more than one company could use the network to provide Broadband thus introducing competition. Years down the line (no pun intended) we will be asking Sid about cheap Broadband provided in the cities and not in the rural hinterland.

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    NchNthMan

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • Can I also add this website is rubbish because of the problems experienced sumitting comments - hence the duplication of comments. Sorry about mine but an error message came up and so I resbumitted only to find I didn't have to.

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    NchNthMan

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • The only reason we need faster broadband is because every site is littered with animating adverts down both sides of and imbedded in the text! Just look at the rubbish on this page !! The faster the broadband gets, the more squit the advertisers will throw at every page.

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    LLCK

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • The whole process went out to tender, BT was obviously most competent and gave the best commercial deal - probably in terms of their own investment - and yes BT is only the wholesaler so u will be able to choose your ISP. Frankly I wouldn't trust foreign firms as we have seen what has happened with our power & water suppliers

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    Bygravey

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Better broadband will be great but I'm really peeved about that carpet 'cause when I visited last year they had a lovely Fleur de Lyse that didn't look a bit worn - I asked if I could have it if they ever decided to change it. More taxpayers money wasted!!

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    Sandy.L

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • M - please understand that whilst BT will own the backhaul equipment and fibre in the exchanges, you do not have to use BT as your broadband provider. How would you as a resident propose to get a fibre connection into a major backbone? Really! Al - True, even the train service is the worst in the country

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    Dave B

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • When and IF all of Norfolk gets superfast broadband, it will not be a monopoly as there are many other suppliers already out there who will keep the cost of having broadband low. Yes BT may own the infrastructure but you dont have to use them as a supplier!

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    Digby

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • I'm loving the carpet. Is the whole of county hall lucky enough to have what appears to be a migraine inducing floor covering? NchNthMan - my reading of earlier articles is that the competition occured earlier on in the process, so that BT have already set out their prices in comparison to other bidders. Plus, it will be open access, so other providers will be able to use it. Seems fair enough to me, and frankly I can't see who else would be in a position to do this anyway.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • What a crock! How many years have BT had a monopoly on the last link from exchanges to houses? How many years have BT had to roll out superfast broadband? And now Norfolk County Council rewards them for not doing it? Crazy. Boot out BT and let resident cooperatives take over. I thought the Conservatives were meant to be in favour of localism and the community right to try. Not in Norfolk it seems. Incinerators and BT imposed from on high are what we get from the Tory County councillors.

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    M

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • Christine...Work was put into place on dualling the A 11 thirty years ago...I hope you get your broadband a little sooner..ha ha .And Tom I agree Wroxham is the bottleneck from hell..but how many people travel that route both ways on a daily basis 365-7.. I avoid Wroxham like the plague...unfortunately anyone leaving Norfolk for London has not got the same option..

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    Al Gurgleman

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • So Norfolk County Councillors have praised the success of a campaign that achieved 15,000 supporters, but are happy to ignore one that has 65,000+. Mr Murphy, if you really have the best interests of Norfolk at heart, abandon municipal incinerators now! There are better and cheaper alternatives. Look them up on the internet.

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    Barking

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • This is all very well, but you still have to pay rip off charges per month to use the internet !.

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    "V"

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • This is very anti competitive and very un Tory like. BT will have no competition thus keeping prices down. It would have been far better if more than one company could use the network to provide Broadband thus introducing competition. Years down the line (no pun intended) we will be asking Sid about cheap Broadband provided in the cities and not in the rural hinterland.

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    NchNthMan

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • This is great news for Norfolk, its insane to think that in 2012, some people still cannot get access. Hopefully BT will do a good job of pushing superfast BB to houses... For those moaning about the A11, try Wroxham during the summer For those moaning about the cost, you dont have to have broadband Some people are never happy

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    Dave B

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • Obviously the mis-guided person who thinks the A11 is not a priority does not have to sit day after day in the queue to get through Elveden. It not just one day of the week but every single day. From Sainsbury's round about going towards Newmarket, and from Barton Mills coming towards Nowich. How many thousands of gallons of fuel is wasted every single year. Faster broadband by all means but for goodness sake put these travellers of of their misery sooner rather than later.

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    Al Gurgleman

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • Flipping heck Mr Gurgleman, clearly you're not looking out of your window when you're stuck on the A11! Work has actually started. Are you suggesting the Council gives up on its aspiration to deliver superfast broadband and hands the cash back to the Government, to...er...what? finish it a bit quicker? I read some pretty daft comments on here, but you take this week's biscuit so far!

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    Tom Jeffries

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • Just wait, once they start digging up the road and pavements for complaints,followed by vandalism or thefts to the high speed hub connections.

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    nrg

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • Promises,promises.Remember NTL.BT were supposed to be installing Infinity in this area last year,we are now told next January.I was talking to a engineer a few weeks ago and what he said opened my eyes.Yes they can provide speeds up to say 60mbps but that is not to say YOU can get it.The average around here will be 5 mbps.If you want to build the speed up more you have to pay more.Also it depends on your computer whether or not it is capable of dealing with such speeds.Virgin and Sky also offered what seemed to be good deals in this area.The average for Sky is 2MBPS and Virgin 8 MBPS.Not as good as the adverts and promotions made out.

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    john kendall

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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