Our Phase 4b rollout with network operator Openreach, will bring ultrafast fibre broadband to 999 businesses across Essex. The work has been made possible by a £5million grant awarded from The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)'s Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EARFD) contributes funds to the RDPE.
In addition to the 999 businesses that are being upgraded, this DEFRA funding is expected to benefit a further 2,700 residential properties. Phase 4b is underway and due to complete by March 2021.