Super-fast broadband in Sutton

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1974
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Can you tell me what is being done to extend super-fast broadband in Sutton? Is the GLA making any use of the Super-connected cities fund for these purposes and when can we expect better Cabinet 3 coverage in the Borough?

Answer

Answer for Super-fast broadband in Sutton

Answer for Super-fast broadband in Sutton

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Like other outer London Boroughs, some more remote parts of LB Sutton suffer from a relative lack of Next Generation Access (NGA) Broadband provision.

To date, over 70 SMEs in Sutton have been the recipients of Super Connected Cities Connection Vouchers, granting them funding of up to £3,000 each to support the installation of a new or improved broadband service.

With regards to cabinets, eligible costs under the Connection Voucher Scheme are on the consumer side and works to cabinets themselves are not an eligible use of funding.

LB Sutton has also been the recipient of public WiFi funding via London's Super Connected Cities Programme. 12 libraries across the Borough now have new and improved free to access public WiFi, representing an investment of £50k.

More generally, my Connectivity Advisory Group has developed a wide-ranging action plan, which includes the following:  

•                    A connectivity rating scheme, which will rate and promote the connectivity levels of different buildings to assist consumers to find appropriate premises, and encourage developers and property owners to improve the connectivity of their properties.

•                    A connectivity toolkit for London boroughs, providers and other stakeholders, which enable stakeholders to learn from best practice and access useful data.