Wide support ‘is key to better broadband’

SUFFOLK Chamber of Commerce has added its backing to calls for better broadband links in the county, including the roll-out of new 'superfast' broadband services.

The chamber has signed up to the I'm Backing Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign which was launched earlier this month.

The campaign – which is also being supported by Archant Suffolk, publisher of titles including the East Anglian Daily Times – aims to bring together individuals and groups from across the private and public sectors to give Suffolk a single voice in calling for the delivery of superfast broadband services in the county.

Suffolk Chamber chief executive John Dugmore said: 'We are delighted to sign up to what is one of the most important campaigns in a generation for Suffolk.

'Our county is home to over 25,000 businesses. They want to have a level playing field when competing with others across Britain. To do that, they need better broadband and they need it as soon as possible.'

In a recent letter to Andy Wood, chairman of Choose Suffolk, which is co-ordinating the campaign, Broadband Minister Ed Vaizey said officials were currently 'designing models for commercial deployment of broadband with public support in commercially challenging areas'.

Chamber president Peter Funnell added: 'It is vital that as many businesses as possible back this campaign. We now know more than ever that the Government sees public support as a key pillar to bringing superfast broadband to Suffolk. I would encourage any business, large or small, to log on to www.choosesuffolk.com/betterbroadbandforsuffolk and make sure their voice is heard.'

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