Surrey County Invites Bids, Targeting 100% Superfast Broadband

The Surrey County Council has started inviting bids by private companies for bringing 100 percent super-fast broadband to the county.

The council decided to take matters into its own hands after it discovered that BT’s Openreach project would fail to cover the entire county.

The council said that the move will allow business and homes in areas that are not being covered by BT to get access to super-fast broadband speeds.

BT plans to bring super-fast broadband to the entire UK but the council said that around 20 percent of Surrey won’t be covered by the telecom giant. The area not being covered by BT is most rural.

"Fast and reliable internet access is vital for business and is central to our daily lives. Everyone should have access to this essential tool and we are committed to making sure that those in rural areas and other parts of Surrey where service is patchy are not left behind,” Council leader Dr Andrew Povey told BBC News.

"Poor broadband coverage and slow speeds hold back local businesses and put rural communities at a disadvantage,” he added.

The Surrey Council is also accepting bids to bring super-fast access to public organisations in the county, apart from businesses and homes.