Waveney MP Peter Aldous today announced the venue for his Suffolk Broadband Conference on April 6th. The Conference will take place on the morning of April 6th at the Waveney House Hotel, Beccles. The aim of the conference is to ensure a broad community participation in the process of submitting bids for funding as Broadband UK, the delivery body for Government funding, have identified this as one of their key criteria when considering bids.
Aldous’ confirmation of the conference, which could play a critical role in bolstering Suffolk bids for Government funding, comes after Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced the opening of the bidding process for £50 million of funding for superfast broadband roll-out in the UK.
Broadband infrastructure investment is vital in supporting the Government’s overall growth agenda, and is a central strand of the current Growth Review. In total, £530m will be spent over the next four years on rolling out superfast broadband to where the market alone would not reach.
Mr Aldous said:
“I am very pleased that I have secured the Waveney House Hotel as the venue for Suffolk’s Broadband Conference and to have confirmed a number of excellent speakers. Central to the Government’s broadband strategy is the involvement of local communities, local businesses and local councils who have the knowledge and desire to bring good quality connections to their localities. I decided to arrange this conference to support the current bids being prepared for Government funding and to encourage support amongst local communities in Suffolk for what is such as important part of our future infrastructure.”
Waveney District Council is conducting a Community Governance Review (CGR) for Lowestoft and the surrounding area and a Final Proposal has been published. Residents can use the Lowestoft CGR online consultation form to give their final comments on the proposal until 31 October 2016.
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