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Fibre optic broadband campaign launched in Suffolk

Friday, January 15th 2010 by Editorial

Businesses in Suffolk have launched a campaign to get fibre optic broadband installed across the region.

A new campaign calling for fibre optic cable broadband services to be introduced in Suffolk has been launched, according to reports.

The Suffolk Broadband partnership, which is made up of a range of local organisations and bodies, is looking to encourage the regional development agency to fund upgrades worth £5 million.

According to the East Anglia Daily Times, some parts of Suffolk are still unable to access the government's recommended connection speed of 2Mbps.

Andy Wood, head of brewers Adnams and chairman of Choose Suffolk, which backs the scheme, said: "Suffolk is a county characterised by generally poor broadband access and this is proving to be a significant disadvantage for business growth and community inclusion."

BT's east of England director, Peter McCarthy-Ward, recently claimed to the Yarmouth Mercury that it is too early to suggest that Norfolk and Suffolk have been excluded from its plans to rollout fibre optic broadband across the UK.

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