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Superfast Essex Broadband

28 July 2017


Superfast Essex is part of the national Superfast Britain programme, which was established when the government recognised that economic growth and social wellbeing in Britain were being held back by the lack of universally available broadband.

The Department for Culture Media and Sport is leading the national programme through a team called Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

In Essex, we are investing more than £75 million into the Superfast Essex programme, which is coordinated by Essex County Council. The programme is funded by BDUK, Essex County Council, contributions from some Local Authorities (Braintree, Epping Forest, Maldon, Tendring, and Uttlesford District Councils) and a significant proportion of investment from the private sector delivery partners, BT and Gigaclear.

The programme is working to extend superfast broadband coverage (speeds of 30Mbps and above) to 97 per cent of Essex by 2020 and the ambition is to reach nearly everyone by the end of 2021.

In June 2016 the first phase of work was completed enabling 65,000 homes and businesses to access superfast broadband. Plans are currently underway to extend this to 120,000 as part of Phase 2, and in June 2017 new plans were announced to extend this figure to 144,000 by December 2019 under Phase 3.

Public Consultation 2017

Now Essex County Council is exploring what should happen next to help the remaining areas not due to be served by existing plans. From Monday 31 July to Thursday 31 August Superfast Essex is holding a public consultation to reassess where investment in broadband is still needed so we can plan more work.

Residents, businesses, and network operators are encouraged to visit the ‘What’s happening next?’ page of the Superfast Essex website to view the interactive State Aid map of broadband availability to check the broadband status for their address and respond to the consultation via the dedicated form available on the same page.


The outcome of this consultation will form the basis for directing future investment by Essex County Council to improve broadband access, with the ambition to ensure everyone in the county has a superfast connection by 2021 at the latest.

Useful information and links

The programme is also ensuring that a minimum of 2Mbps download speed is available across Essex with its Better Broadband scheme. Eligible premises will be offered access to a basic satellite or wireless broadband service at a capped cost for the first year.


In addition, the Superfast Essex Community Wi-Fi Scheme has been set up to help local communities access a public Wi-Fi service via community hubs (eg village halls, community centres). Community hubs can apply for support towards the set up costs (up to £400) from the Community Initiatives Fund.


The Superfast Essex programme together with the commercial fibre deployment will have the power to transform the life, work and play of citizens across Essex. What's more, superfast broadband will boost the economy of Essex, enabling businesses to work more effectively in new ways and reach out to new customers. For more information specific to businesses, visit Superfast Essex for businesses.

Find out if your area is due to be upgraded to superfast broadband by checking our
interactive map

Anyone not currently due to receive an upgrade can register their demand via our
Make the Connection survey where you can also sign up to receive Superfast Essex’s quarterly email updates.

Superfast Essex for more information about superfast fibre broadband in Essex and watch our animated film about our superhero broadband mascot, Super Sam, who is championing the Superfast Essex programme across the county.