Full fibre boost for Norfolk businesses
Thousands of Norfolk businesses may be able to benefit from ultrafast broadband after Norfolk County Council secured £8 million from the UK Government Digital, Culture, Media and Sport department’s Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) fund.
The £8 million funding is part of an £11 million programme to upgrade more than 370 of Norfolk’s public sector buildings to the latest ultrafast connection speeds. It will enable 230 schools, 108 Norfolk County Council buildings (including 38 libraries) and 34 fire stations to be upgraded to gigabit (1,000 mbps) fibre internet connections within two years.
As a result of the scheme, thousands of Norfolk businesses will be able to benefit from lower fibre connection costs by using private funding to access the upgraded fibre network. They can also apply to a voucher scheme that will provide up to £2,500 per business to fund their connection and pay the first-year running costs.