Some of UK’s fastest broadband networks are set to arrive in areas across South Essex after local councils secured a £4.5 million funding package.
The cash injection, received from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), was a result of a successful bid by South Essex councils operating under the banner of the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA).
The faster network is set to reach 214 new sites across South Essex, including Thurrock, Basildon, Castle Point and Rochford. The money is expected to be put towards extending gigabit fibre connections so as to incorporate more rural spaces and therefore generate more business across a greater span of areas.
Chair of the ASELA, Cllr Louise McKinlay, said: “It is fantastic news that collectively we have secured funding that will have a huge impact on the whole of south Essex and start to improve local and regional infrastructure across the area.
“The power of connectivity is continuing to shape the way we work, live and play, and so it is very important that we continue to lead and innovate in the future.
“Whilst ASELA has only been formed for a short time now, the work that has already taken place shows the very positive impact that collaborative working and talking across district and borough boundaries can have across our region.”
Homes and local businesses, as well as numerous schools, GPs, surgeries, care homes and communal town halls, are all anticipated to benefit from the broadband boost.
Margot James, the Minister for DCMS, commented: “We’re building a Britain that’s fit for the future, and our plans for a national full fibre broadband network underpin our modern industrial strategy. This £4.5 million boost for gigabit speeds in South Essex will build on the tremendous work already being done by Superfast Essex and I congratulate ASELA on their successful bid.”