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Success of Surrey broadband scheme earns £3.8m windfall

The success of a scheme to make Surrey the best connected county in England has triggered a £3.8 million broadband windfall. That is Surrey County Council’s share of funds made available by BT after better than expected take-up of fibre broadband. Superfast Surrey connected around 20% of homes and businesses – more than 86,000 premises … Continue reading

Minister welcomes case for Three Southern Counties devolution

Leaders behind the devolution bid for three of England’s strongest performing counties have outlined to Government how their plan would boost growth for the region’s residents. Communities Minister Baroness Williams heard the proposals for how East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex would work together to help tackle the congested road and rail network, pioneer new … Continue reading

500th cabinet unveiled in project to make Surrey UK’s best connected county

Picture caption: A key milestone has been marked as the 500th fibre broadband cabinet in a project to make Surrey the best connected county in the UK was unveiled by Surrey County Council deputy leader Peter Martin. Quote: Peter Martin said: “Reaching these milestones means that thousands more Surrey businesses and residents can enjoy the benefits of this high-speed … Continue reading

High-speed broadband roll-out hits halfway

A project to make Surrey the best connected county in the country has hit the halfway mark. The number of homes and businesses able to benefit from the high-speed service has reached 42,000. It comes after Surrey County Council joined forces with BT to create a county-wide network to help firms do business online and … Continue reading

Surrey workers among UK’s most productive

Surrey workers are among the most productive in the UK for boosting the economy, figures have revealed. Statistics show they contributed more to the national economy per hour worked than all but two areas outside central London. Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show Surrey’s productivity rate for 2012 was 18.3 per cent above the … Continue reading

Surrey’s 8% economic growth outstrips UK

County council leader David Hodge has pledged continued backing for business after new figures revealed Surrey’s economy grew by 8% in a year – outstripping the rest of the UK. The amount Surrey generated for the nation’s economy climbed by £2.4 billion between 2011 and 2012 to more than £32bn, according to the Office for … Continue reading

High-speed internet for another 19,000 businesses and homes

High speed internet has reached another 19,000 businesses and homes as part of a push to make Surrey the UK’s best connected county. The second phase* of Surrey County Council and BT’s push to help firms do business online and ensure every community gets all the benefits of the digital world was  completed on time … Continue reading

Village gets high-speed broadband Christmas present

Local schoolchildren joined Surrey County Council leader David Hodge to celebrate the delivery of a Christmas present to the village of Warlingham – access to high-speed broadband. They ‘unwrapped’ a new Cabinet that will let 3,000 homes and businesses connect to a high-quality service over the coming weeks. The unveiling was part of the authority’s … Continue reading

Surrey hosts budding computer programmers

Budding young computer programmers this week took up the challenge to create websites as Surrey County Council took part in the Festival of Code, a nationwide project to inspire young people to come up with innovative ways to solve everyday problems. gh

EU green light for superfast broadband roll out

Plans to roll out superfast broadband to virtually every home and business in Surrey can go ahead, following a green light from the EU. In September, Surrey County Council selected BT to create a county-wide high-speed network to help firms do business online and ensure communities get all the benefits of the digital world. Once … Continue reading

Surrey to become best connected county in UK with £33m superfast broadband deal

A deal with BT to provide superfast broadband will make Surrey the best connected county in the UK and could boost its economy by almost £30m a year.* Surrey County Council has signed a contract with BT to create a county-wide high-speed network to help firms to do business online and ensure communities are not … Continue reading

Peter Martin interviewed on Surrey’s superfast broadband plans

Deputy leader Peter Martin was interviewed today by BBC Surrey presenter Nick Wallis about Surrey County Council’s superfast broadband plans. It followed a county council survey that showed nine out of 10 internet users in the county got broadband speeds below the national average. Courtesy of BBC Surrey

Most Surrey internet users have slower broadband than national average

Most Surrey internet users have broadband speeds below the national average, according to a survey. Connection speeds in nearly nine out of 10 businesses and homes fall short of the national average of 6.7mbps*. In some cases, speeds are considerably worse than those commonly experienced on mobile phones. The findings come from a survey done … Continue reading

Parts of Surrey cannot get broadband speeds

Internet users in parts of Surrey still cannot get broadband speeds, it has been revealed. Connection speeds in areas of Surrey such as Ripley, Ottershaw, Tatsfield and Frensham remain on a par with the old-fashioned dial-up internet service. In those places, some residents and businesses have reported speeds between 0.2mbps (mega bits per second) and … Continue reading

Employment Minister among MPs visiting new Surrey leader

Employment Minister Chris Grayling was one of three Surrey MPs to visit new Surrey County Council leader David Hodge. He was joined at County Hall by Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab and Woking MP Jonathan Lord. Mr Hodge said: “Surrey has three Cabinet members in the coalition government and several other ministers so it’s … Continue reading


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