Broadband "not spots" to become "hot spots"

South Norfolk Council has welcomed the announcement by the government that everyone will have access to Broadband by 2020. But, that is still a long way off for people who are struggling with download speeds and so the Council is working to improve Broadband coverage now.

Councillor Michael Edney, Deputy Leader of South Norfolk Council said, “South Norfolk Council is once again leading the way, making sure that our residents get access to Broadband as soon as possible. Last month we announced that we had selected InTouch Systems to provide wireless Internet to homes and businesses not able to benefit from the work being done by Better Broadband for Norfolk. But, WiiFi doesn’t stop at boundaries and once our network is up and running thousands of our residents, not just those in the Not Spots will have access to a download speed of at least 10Mbps. We are on our way to becoming the first rural district in the region to have 100% coverage for our residents and businesses.”

South Norfolk Council has already invested £570,000 in the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme which has seen access to Superfast Broadband increase from 15% in 2013 to over 83% today. This figure is expected to rise to over 91% by 2020.

Unfortunately, this work will not reach everyone, so to help those residents and businesses improve their connection speed a further £400,000 is being invested and the Council is working with InTouch Systems to deliver Broadband to the areas not covered.

Michael Edney added. “A decent broadband service is essential in nearly every aspect of our modern lives – shopping, homework, video streaming, social networks and so much more. The current broadband speeds have left some residents and businesses feeling excluded and frustrated making it vitally important that we did something to help – and we have.”

To find out more about broadband in your area and to check the coverage map visit www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk