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Surrey UK County Council Launch Survey to Support Bid for Superfast Broadband

Posted: 05th Apr, 2011 By: MarkJ
surrey uk county mapSurrey County Council (SCC) in South East England (UK) has called upon all of its 80 local councils to help support their plans for making broadband internet access services available to 100% of the area by 2013. However, the detail is still missing.

The move, which would most likely require the council to bid for a slice of the governments £830m Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) budget, will be supported by a county-wide survey of Surrey's 84 parish and town councils on broadband speeds and quality.

The questionnaire, which was devised by the Surrey Strategic Partnership (SSP), aims to find out what residents and businesses think about connectivity and will also be used to build up a picture of the county's 'Not Spots' – areas with either very poor or no broadband internet access at all.

Surrey County Council Leader, Dr Andrew Povey, said:

"The internet is already central to our daily work and home lives and everyone should have access to decent broadband. There are still people in Surrey, though, who cannot receive a broadband service or if they can, it is patchy.

Local people know their areas best and parish or town councils can help us ensure we get the broadband infrastructure in place for everyone in Surrey.

The internet is so important, not only in terms of increasing choice and saving money but also for teaching people new skills and uniting communities. With more people working from home in rural areas, faster broadband access is also vital to keep Surrey's economy moving."

It's noted that the SSP includes the Surrey County Association of Parish and Town Councils, the county, borough and district councils, Surrey Police, NHS Surrey and the voluntary / business sectors.

Despite the effort, Surrey still hasn't managed to clearly define either the type or speed of access that it seeks to achieve.
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