Suffolk makes broadband bid

A campaign hoping to bring superfast broadband to Suffolk has sent off its bid for government funding.

The I'm Backing Better Broadband for Suffolk (BB4S) campaign has handed over its official bid to BDUK, the Government body responsible for broadband roll-out.

Their aim is to ensure all homes and small businesses in Suffolk have a competitive provision of superfast broadband, of 20Mbps or more, with a target speed of 100Mbps for 50pc by 2020.

Individuals, small business leaders, all Suffolk's local authorities and MPs have signed up to back the bid which Andy Wood, the CEO of Adnams and chair of BB4S, described as powerful.

Mr Wood said: 'More than 120,000 people have signed up to our campaign and this alone is recognition of the strength of support there is to bring superfast broadband to our county.

'There will be many strong bids from across the UK with every county having a deserving case. We will expect a visit from BDUK to Suffolk at the end of April and beginning of May where we have to make a strong impression.'

He also praised leaders of local authorities for their part in showing a united front to boost the quality of the bid.

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If successful, Suffolk will receive the �20m over the next three years. This will then be rolled out in stages as the project progresses.

The BB4S will know if they have been successful when the Government announces the results on May 27.

Mr Wood is not taking anything for granted and is continuing to call on people to sign the petition at www.choosesuffolk.com/betterbroadbandforsuffolk

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