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