Superfast Essex Programme Update - May 2015

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UK Culture Secretary visits Essex as halfway milestone in rollout is reached

UK Culture Secretary marks Superfast Essex halfway milestone

The Superfast Essex programme has now enabled 32,500 homes and businesses in Essex to access superfast broadband - 50% of the total to be achieved with the Phase 1 fibre broadband rollout, by the end of summer 2016.

The achievement was marked with a visit from the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Essex MP John Whittingdale in the Maldon district.

The local progress contributes to the latest milestone in the national Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, which has now delivered superfast broadband to 2.5million homes and businesses. Read the full story.

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Take a look at our new interactive map

Superfast Essex Phase 1 rollout map

We've launched an interactive map on our website to help you access more detailed information about when and where fibre broadband is being rolled out.

The highlights of the new interactive map are:

  • Pinpoint your exact address
  • Identify specific structures (cabinets) planned for upgrade in a postcode
  • Six-month window when work will be carried out
  • Zoom to street level
  • New colours (this does not mean the Phase 1 plan has changed)
  • It is updated monthly
  • Date of last map update is referenced
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Phase 2 contract now signed with BT

ECC & BT signing Phase 2 contract

Essex County Council and BT signed a contract to deliver a second phase of the Superfast Essex programme on 27 March 2015, committing to extend superfast broadband coverage to a further 51,000 homes and businesses.

We are in the process of developing the Phase 2 rollout plan. We had hoped to publish in the next few weeks which areas we expect to be covered. However, we have identified some opportunities to further optimise the coverage to be achieved by the planned deployment which we would like to explore with BT in order to ensure we achieve the best outcome possible for Essex. Unfortunately this will delay the publication of the plan, although the overall delivery timescale will not change.

Please keep an eye on our website, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for further updates.

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New business information on website

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With many businesses already able to take advantage of faster speeds, new connectivity is having a massive impact for small and medium sized businesses in particular - helping them enjoy benefits that until now have been reserved for larger corporate enterprises.

We've just launched an improved 'For business' section on our website providing advice on how to choose the superfast broadband service that is right for your business. If you are not yet covered by the rollout, we also explain how you might benefit from alternative ways to get online.

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Connection vouchers for businesses

The Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme is now active in 50 cities across the UK, offering a connection voucher of up to £3,000 for faster, better broadband for eligible businesses. Within Essex there are two schemes available, in Chelmsford and Southend. Find out more on our 'For business' page on our website.

Welcome to the new Programme Update from...

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Thank you for registering your interest in superfast broadband through the Make the Connection Survey or the GovDelivery newsletter sign-up process. We've updated the format of this quarterly newsletter to make the content easier to view.

Please note: You do not need to sign up in both places! All information is collated. You also now have the option to sign up to receive other Essex County Council information updates with GovDelivery by selecting the link to edit your preferences (at the bottom of this email).


Is your cabinet fibre-enabled?

Fibre Cabinet Sticker

We've added a list of all the cabinets which have been fibre-enabled by the Superfast Essex programme to the Superfast Essex website and update this every Friday. So far the programme has completed work on 157 cabinets. Once your cabinet is fibre-enabled you can contact a broadband service provider and ask to switch or buy a fibre service. Check if your cabinet is fibre-enabled!


Forthcoming events

Don't forget to check if we're going to be coming to a community or business event near you, and come and speak to us; or tell us if you know of an event coming up and you would like to see us there. Events already confirmed:

St Osyth Community Event (2 June)

Discovering Business in Essex - Chelmsford (3 June)

Harlow Business Exhibition (9 June)

Check-in at Stansted (18 June)

HatFest (21 June)

Tendring Hundred Show (11 July)

Essex Food & Drink Festival (18 & 19 July)

Essex Country Show - Barleylands (12 & 13 September)

For more details on these and to check for any additional events see the list on our website.