Budget reaction: County Broadband comments on £5bn for rural broadband

County Broadband’s response to broadband announcement in the budget

Following the Chancellor’s announcement of a £5bn boost to support upgrading rural digital connectivity, Lloyd Felton, chief executive of County Broadband, commented: “We welcome the news that the government’s plan to bring gigabit capable broadband to every home and business in Britain by 2025 has taken another step forward today.

“County Broadband is one of many Independent Network Providers already committed to building and delivering fibre-to-the-property (FTTP) networks across the East of England, backed by a combined private investment commitment that is already in excess of £1.5 billion.

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“The Chancellor’s announcement that the sector is to receive a £5bn boost to support upgrading rural digital connectivity, together with the industry news that more private investment in the sector is planned this year, means Independent Networks will have a central part to play in enabling tens of thousands of premises to receive future-ready, full-fibre connections.

“Upgrading the UK’s underlying outdated digital infrastructure is essential to unlock the country’s economic growth potential and will enable households, businesses and communities to move out of the digital slow lane and compete with the rest of the world post-Brexit.”

Specialist Hyperfast broadband provider County Broadband, based near Colchester in Essex, is building future-ready full-fibre networks in rural areas across East Anglia following a £46million investment from Aviva Investors. It is on schedule to offer 20,000 homes and business gigabit capable full fibre broadband connectivity by the end of this year.

Residents and businesses can find out if they’re in a village covered in the rollout by using our postcode checker here.