Following a report published by leading think tank The Policy Exchange that says access to the internet for everyone is more important than superfast speeds, Surrey County Council’s deputy leader Peter Martin said:
“Faster speeds do not have to come at the expense of coverage – it’s perfectly possible to have both.
“The county council is ensuring virtually every home and business in Surrey can connect to the internet at superfast speeds that will, for instance, allow a music album to be downloaded in seconds and will make videoconferencing an attractive option for businesses.
“We aim to achieve this near 100% coverage by the end of 2014, putting Surrey well ahead of the national target which is for only 90% of the country to have superfast broadband by 2015. Once completed, our project will make Surrey the best connected county in the UK.
“The benefits will be huge. Helping businesses trade online will provide an estimated £28 million boost to the economy annually and ensure all Surrey’s communities have fast, reliable internet access so they stay ahead in the digital world.”
The Policy Exchange press release can be found by following this link.
Surrey’s plans to roll out superfast broadand were given the green light by the EU in November after the council selected BT to create a county-wide high-speed network.
BT will ensure the council achieves its aim of providing superfast broadband for up to 20% of businesses and homes – more than 90,000 premises – not included in the commercial roll-out nationally.