Superfast Essex is working to extend superfast broadband coverage to 97 percent of Essex by 2020 and our ambition is to reach nearly everyone by the end of 2021.
We held an Open Market Review (OMR) and public consultation in 2016 to find out where in Essex superfast broadband is already available or planned to be rolled out and to identify areas still requiring investment and created a State Aid map of broadband coverage.
Based on the information gathered in 2016, we have added a Phase 3 rollout to our deployment plans meaning a further 24,000 homes and businesses will be able to access superfast broadband as a result of our programme. This takes the overall reach to 144,000.
However we recognise this is not enough and are holding a Public Consultation from Monday 31st July 2017 to Thursday 31st August 2017 to reassess where investment in broadband is still needed so we can plan more work.
We would like feedback from residents and broadband network operators to refresh our 2016 State Aid map of broadband coverage and ensure it is correct.