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 £51m into the Superfast Essex programme, which is coordinated by Essex County Council. The programme is funded by BDUK, Essex County Council with a contribution from some Local Authorities (Tendring, Maldon, Epping and Braintree District Councils) and a significant proportion of the investment comes from the private sector delivery partners, BT and Gigaclear.
Essex County Council intends to procure coverage to target the remaining ‘white NGA’ areas by conducting a new procurement under the 2016 NBS (and in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015).
A State aid public consultation has been launched and will run until 12th October 2016 to ensure that the remaining 'white NGA' areas are correctly defined. The consultation document (PDF)
and the proposed NGA broadband Intervention Area maps are available to all stakeholders on the Superfast Essex website at the bottom of the When, where and how page
titled ‘What is happening next?’.
We will improve broadband coverage in the county so that 95 per cent of Essex has access to fibre broadband (with the potential to provide superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above) by 2019.
The programme is also ensuring that a minimum of 2Mbps download speed is available across Essex with their 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.
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 www.superfastessex.org/forbusiness
Find out if your area is due to be upgraded to fibre broadband by checking our interactive map
Anyone not currently due to receive an upgrade should register their demand via our Make the Connection survey
where you can also sign up to receive Superfast Essex’s quarterly email updates.
for more information about superfast fibre broadband in Essex.