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BUSINESS and homeowners in Sudbury and surrounding towns and villages are being urged to take part in a survey supporting a faster broadband service.

Suffolk has one of the poorest broadband networks in England the county council is asking people to complete the online survey as part of its Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign.

Councillor Mark Bee, council leader and chairman of the campaign, said: “We’ve built up some tremendous support behind the campaign but we still need to demonstrate Suffolk’s need and desire to improve access to broadband. We want to hear from young and older people, families, teachers, nurses, manual workers and indeed every household in Suffolk.”

A campaign conference is being held on March 9 in Bury St Edmunds with MPs and business and public sector representatives to formally launch a one-month consultation to look at broadband needs across the county.

Issues being discussed include current speeds, where broadband is used most, and the needs that business and community groups have for better broadband.

Last year the government announced Suffolk would be one of five counties to be the first to start its government-backed programme to make superfast broadband available across the county.

The survey is available at www.suffolk.gov.uk/broadband