Suffolk people urged to show support for better broadband

PEOPLE who live, work and shop in Suffolk are being urged to show their support for the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign.

 

A new survey has been launched which asks residents and consumers if they're interested in superfast broadband, what their current internet speeds are and what speeds they'd be interested in getting.

 

The survey only takes five minutes to complete and is an essential part of the campaign's work to prove to ministers and potential suppliers how much superfast broadband is both wanted and needed.

 

Councillor Mark Bee, Suffolk County Council's leader and chair of the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign, said:

 

"We've built up some tremendous support behind the campaign but we still need to demonstrate Suffolk's need and desire to improve access to broadband.

 

 

“I am encouraging everyone to take a few moments to visit our website and complete the survey. It could make the difference and is a very important part of us demonstrating the demand that’s out there.”

 

The latest survey comes on the back of the successful business survey, which has so far been completed by 900 local companies and is still attracting supporters.

 

Completing either survey doesn’t involve making a firm commitment, but it will help to show the level of demand and likely take up of superfast broadband services in Suffolk and make the county an attractive place for potential bidders to invest in.

 

On 9 March 2012, the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign will be hosting a conference at the Apex Centre in Bury St Edmunds to discuss plans for the rollout of the programme.

 

This important event will host 250 people from across Suffolk, including MPs, business and public sector representatives, and will formally launch a one month consultation looking at local need across the county.

 

Issues to be discussed include current broadband speeds, where broadband is used most and the needs that business and community groups have for better broadband.

 

Councillor Mark Bee said:

“We're delighted to be able to announce this important conference. It will be an opportunity for businesses and providers to give us their views, face to face, and let us know what they need locally.” 

The Better Broadband for Suffolk residents’ survey can be found online: www.suffolk.gov.uk/broadband

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By Andrew St Ledger on January 11th, 2012