Superfast Essex is part of a national broadband improvement programme led by the UK Government which is aiming to make Britain one of the best connected countries in the world.
Through the Superfast Britain programme, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) – a team within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport – wants to provide 95% of homes and businesses with access to superfast broadband, with minimum download speeds of 24Mbps becoming the new standard.
Superfast Essex, co-ordinated by Essex County Council, is one of 47 regional programmes working to achieve the Government’s ambition. In Essex more than £51m is being invested from the public sector and commercial partners, with the aim of enabling 95% of the county (120,000 homes and businesses) to access superfast fibre broadband by 2019.
The current work phase is being delivered in partnership with BT. Since work began in April 2014, the Superfast Essex programme has enabled more than 62,500 new superfast connections across Essex and by summer 2016 we plan to enable a further 20,000, with a further 51,000 to follow in the next phase which is being planned.