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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Some of the most isolated properties in the UK could benefit from a new government scheme to give satellite broadband to areas that have slow internet speeds. An estimated 300,000 properties across the UK will see their internet speeds boosted by satellite.

Suffolk is one of several counties that will benefit from the scheme. Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said: "This scheme offers immediate assistance to those homes and businesses in Suffolk with the slowest speeds and is all part of our transformation of the UK’s digital landscape."

Any remaining cost of installation and commissioning, choosing the features of the satellite broadband service required and paying for the monthly subscription for the service selected will be the responsibility of the user. Users can choose any satellite internet provider and package that best suits them.

The scheme has been trialled in Suffolk over the last few months and will now be officially rolled out across the county. It is intended as an interim solution for businesses and homes that get less than 2Mbps, and which are not included in the planned coverage in the next 12 months.

Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble said: "We have long supported the government’s commitment to make sure every home and business can access speeds of at least 2Mbps by the end of 2015, and we are pleased to be making the scheme available to eligible homes and business across Suffolk from today."