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Colchester's future-proof Fibre Broadband Project shortlisted for European Award

Date issued: 18 October 2017

Colchester Borough Council is delighted that its pioneering town centre dark fibre broadband project has been shortlisted for the 2017 Broadband Award. 

Deployed in 2016, the future-proof network offers businesses in the town centre up to gigabit speeds delivered over a brand new fibre optic distribution system, at prices previously unavailable in Colchester. It is a first step in a much wider Digital Strategy, aimed at making the Borough the best-connected place in the East of England. The Council is working with its commercial and technical partners, as well as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to ensure that, by 2022, all premises in the Borough will be able to secure-demand fibre connectivity. 

Councillor Annie Feltham, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said: "It is outstanding that Colchester Borough Council's broadband delivery project has been nominated for such a fantastic accolade, bringing recognition not only within the UK but also internationally."

The EU Broadband Award is run by the European Commission, and designed to showcase the best innovations in broadband technology across the member-states. Colchester has been short-listed from among 49 entries, in the category of 'cost reduction and joint investment in a future-proof infrastructure'.

Representatives from Colchester Borough Council will be attending the awards ceremony, in Brussels, on 20 November.