Sutton Council has signed agreements with Community Fibre to bring thousands of SHP residents access to full-fibre broadband and faster internet access.
Work to install the fibre cabling is expected to start in early 2020, and will take 18-24 months to complete. Community Fibre will post a letter through your door before they start work in your block, or if they need access to your balcony.
Once works are complete, you will be able to access a full-fibre connection offering much faster average speeds than those currently available, offered at varied price packages, dependent on the provider.
The new, ultra-fast broadband means that households will be able to download films, music and browse on multiple devices at the same time without any compromise in performance. Equally, those who work or study from home could benefit from increased internet speeds and better accessibility.
Community Fibre will also deliver free wi-fi in communal areas of independent living schemes and council-owned community buildings.
Steve Tucker, Managing Director, Sutton Housing Partnership, said:
“This is great news for our residents and we are pleased to be working with the Council to deliver quality internet connections to homes which have been disadvantaged for too long.
“Internet connectivity plays a key role in making sure people have access to services, local opportunities and for tackling social isolation. The improved coverage and the flexibility of choice to receive additional upgrades will be a huge boost to all residents in Sutton.
“SHP will continue to work with Sutton Council to support this high-priority project.”
Councillor Sunita Gordon, Sutton Council’s lead member for resources, said:
“I am delighted that more of our council housing households will be able to access high quality broadband as a result of this agreement with providers. Our ambitious digital strategy is continuing to improve the lives of residents by providing digital inclusion through projects like this.
“The positive impact is far-reaching - as barriers to education and leisure activities are often removed by access to services online.”