Improvements to broadband speeds in Norfolk will help to create more than 1,700 jobs in the county over the next 10 years, it was claimed tonight.

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Karen O’Kane, programme director of Better Broadband for Norfolk also guaranteed that 83pc of properties in the county would be able to access high speed broadband of 24Mbps (megabits per second) by 2015 and that all properties would have access to at least 2Mbps.

She was speaking to more than 100 people at a rural fast broadband summit held at Dereham Town Football Club and chaired by Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman.

Ms O’Kane said: “People living in the hardest to reach areas will be told as soon as we know that they are in those but I guarantee everyone will be able to access at least a basic 2Mbps.”

Ms O’Kane spoke alongside Annette Thorpe, BT regional partnership director and Mr Freeman.

They gave details of how the scheme will be rolled out and people learned of alternative broadband technologies available.

Mr Freeman said: “If we allow this county to be cut off from opportunities and progress then we will all suffer.

“Norfolk can be both a special, unique, place and also have these opportunities at the same time.”

The audience was also given some unexpected advice about they can, sometimes, avoid broadband difficulties.

Responding to a question from one Norfolk resident about why his neighbour, living a few metres away, had faster broadband than him, Ms Thorpe said: “This may sound flippant, but sometimes, at this time of year, it can be down to Christmas lights. If you turn them off and try again it could help because outside interference can make a difference.”

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  • The tip about Xmas lights was a bit of a red herring from the BT bod, although could be true in some cases. I'm guessing that the problem would have been longer term than just at Christmas to merit the complaint. A far more likely cause of slower broadband than a near neighbour would be that the line takes a longer route from BT to the house, is of lower quality, or has a fault. An internal wiring and equipment check is always first port of call though, as a BT engineer visit costs a fair bit if no fault is found on their side. First thing to try - replace your filters, which should be placed in every socket that has a phone connected.

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