Council to invest �439k for better broadband in Suffolk

Suffolk County Council has leant its support to the campaign to secure better broadband for Suffolk.

The cabinet today agreed to give their full backing to the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign and to invest �439,000 in the programme over the next four years.

Mark Bee, leader of the Conservative Group who is due to be formally adopted as council leader this week, is joining Suffolk MPs, businesses, local authorities and others in a partnership chaired by Andy Wood, chair of the New Anglia LEP to spearhead the initiative.

Campaigners say poor broadband coverage has created a major constraint on business growth.

The government has made available a fund of �530m to support the provision of fast broadband across the country and Suffolk has submitted a bid for �20m.

Mr Bee said: 'Improvements to broadband in the county are completely essential. The difference this will make to public services, local businesses and to households throughout the county will be incredible.'

Earlier this month, Norfolk County Council submitted a bid for a �15m grant from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the government body which is distributing funding for better broadband.

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