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Superfast Essex Broadband

16 October 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 2019 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 144,000 by December 2019 under Phase 2 and Phase 3. Check the status for your address on the Superfast Essex interactive rollout map.

What’s happening next?

Now Essex County Council is planning a Phase 4 to help the remaining areas not due to be served by existing plans.

Superfast Essex held a month-long public consultation throughout August 2017 to reassess where investment in broadband is still needed to help inform these future plans.

Residents, businesses, and network operators provided feedback which we have used to update the Superfast Essex interactive State Aid map of broadband availability.

This will now be used to underpin further broadband investment plans by Essex County Council. The outcome of the consultation, updated interactive State Aid map, and further information about Phase 4 is available on the ‘What’s happening next?’ page of the Superfast Essex website.

The ambition is to become a completely connected county by 2021.

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 superfast broadband service via wi-fi in 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 and select any supplier of their choice to install the service. 

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.

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.

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.