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Council urges businesses to share views on broadband in the city

Businesses in Bristol could benefit from faster, more reliable broadband following additional funding announced in the Government’s Spring Budget.

The city will have the chance to bid for a share of £200 million to improve the availability of full-fibre broadband. This is part of the UK Government’s new Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund for full- fibre, faster and more reliable broadband for homes and businesses.

Faster speeds could transform the way some businesses work, increase their productivity and help grow their businesses at a faster rate ready for future opportunities. 

Bristol City Council wants to assess local demand for full-fibre broadband and is encouraging businesses to take part a short five minute online survey.

Businesses completing the survey can also opt in to attend seminars on this topic and find out about any financial incentives to help them secure a full-fibre connection. 

Helen Holland, Cabinet member for Place, says: "We really want to hear from all Bristol businesses, so encourage you to complete our broadband survey. We want to be sure that we fully understand the issues currently and future opportunities for better broadband in the city.  

“All businesses, in every area, SMEs, larger companies, voluntary organisations, public and private sector, are invited to give their views. We'll use the results of the survey to help attract vital new investment to improve Bristol’s broadband which is so critical to our economic future.”

Bristol City Council’s Business Plan for 2017/18 sets out to grow the city’s economic sectors through improving infrastructure, particularly around digital technology. The council is therefore working closely with private telecoms providers to attract new investment and improve choice, speed and availability of ultrafast broadband (above 300 Mbps download).   

The Business Broadband Survey is open until 30 April 2017 and can be accessed at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/broadband/