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Super Sam to visit Braintree to spread the word on superfast broadband in Essex

18 November 2016

Essex’s broadband superhero, Super Sam will be making his fifth and final appearance of the year at Freeport Shopping Outlet in Braintree this weekend to raise awareness of the work which has happened so far to upgrade broadband services across the county.

Super Sam is championing superfast broadband on behalf of Superfast Essex, the county’s broadband improvement programme co-ordinated by Essex County Council, and will be at Freeport this Saturday between 10am and 3pm. Super Sam’s aim is to let Essex residents know where superfast broadband is available and tell them what they need to do to access it.

So far 59 cabinets in 19 different exchange areas in Braintree District have been upgraded to fibre broadband. Superfast Essex has enabled over 400 cabinets across the whole county. To see a list of all the cabinets upgraded, visit superfastessex.org/cabinets.

Super Sam and his team are bringing increased broadband speeds capable of 24Mbps and above to many rural communities. Find out more about Super Sam’s journey at superfastessex.org/supersam.

As work is completed to upgrade the broadband network to provide superfast speeds, no homes or businesses are automatically connected – customers have to contact a broadband service provider and ask to switch or buy a fibre broadband service.

Essex County Councillor Penny Channer, Deputy Cabinet Member for Broadband and Enterprise and Superfast Essex Steering Board Chairman, said: “Super Sam is helping to raise awareness of the Superfast Essex broadband programme, and how it can benefit communities. With Super Sam’s help, we aim to enable over 120,000 homes and businesses with superfast speeds making Essex one of the best connected counties in the country.”

Find out the latest broadband rollout information for your area at superfastessex.org/maps. Anyone not covered by the Superfast Essex programme can register their demand for superfast broadband by completing the Make the Connection Survey at superfastessex.org/registerdemand.