Broadband boost for Thurrock businesses

THURROCK BUSINESS broadband users could soon be able to take advantage of super-fast broadband, which is expected to come to most of the region by 2017.

Local councils have formed a £26 million scheme as part of the government’s £530 million initiative to improve communication and broadband technology, the BBC reports.

In all, £6.4 million has been allocated to improve internet provision in the county, covering areas including Thurrock and Southend.

Peter Martin, Conservative Essex County Council leader, explained that “businesses increasingly want to work in rural areas and they need fast broadband [of at least two MBs] for their business”.

It is thought that 220,000 commercial premises in Essex currently have a bad broadband connection, many of them in rural locations.

This comes after BT’s next generation broadband services were introduced in Starbeck in Yorkshire, bringing internet speeds of up to 20 megabits per second to the region.

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