DEFRA gives £1.8m broadband aid for Suffolk enterprises

05 March 2019

Matthew Hicks 

Matthew Hicks 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has released £1.8m to help improve “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) coverage for enterprises in rural parts of Suffolk. 

The cash injection is expected to result in a further 550 business premises being covered. Currently, the existing £64m state aid-supported Better Broadband for Suffolk (BBS) project with BT’s Openreach has already achieved 93%+ coverage of superfast ISP networks - up from just 50% in 2013. The aim is to aim to reach 98% coverage by the end of next year.

“By helping businesses to go superfast, we are enabling them to unlock new ways of working, access new online markets and helping them grow and be successful,” said Matthew Hicks, leader of Suffolk County Council.