More than 1,400 social housing tenants in Thurrock will very soon have access to ultrafast gigabit broadband, with thousands more set to follow.
Last year, Thurrock Council agreed a pioneering partnership with Hyperoptic – the UK's largest gigabit broadband provider – to install its full fibre broadband across 12 of its social housing developments.
With that phase of the project almost complete, the council has now extended the agreement with Hyperoptic to a further 20 social housing developments in Thurrock.
Cllr Shane Hebb, portfolio holder for finance, said: "I am extremely pleased that this programme continues to be a real success and tenants living in 12 of our social housing developments in Thurrock will very soon all have access to ultrafast gigabit broadband.
"In this digital age, it is vital that residents have that connectivity available, and this partnership has enabled that to be provided at no cost to our taxpayers."
Cllr Barry Johnson, portfolio holder for housing, added: "The availability of flexible packages such as a broadband-only service and contract-free options has meant we have also been able to remove some of the barriers for our tenants.
"The feedback so far has been very pleasing and I am delighted we have now extended the agreement to include a further 20 of our social housing developments."
Floyd Widener, Chief Sales Officer at Hyperoptic, said: "We are committed to work hand-in-glove with the public sector to help get tenants online, so they can benefit from everything the Internet has to offer.
"Thurrock Council was among our first council partnerships and we have continued to work closely with them to monitor the positive feedback and impact of our connectivity, which we are delighted to provide at zero cost to the taxpayer."
Residents living in the following 12 developments in Thurrock can now order services from Hyperoptic:
- Bevan House, Grays
- George Tilbury House, Grays
- Gooderham House, Grays
- Keir Hardie House, Grays
- Morrison House, Grays
- Poole House, Grays
- Seabrooke Rise, Grays
- Chieftan Drive, Purfleet
- Marine and River Court, Purfleet
- Brisbane House, Tilbury
- Freemantle House, Tilbury
- Tasmania House, Tilbury
The following 20 developments will be able to access ultrafast gigabit broadband as a result of the next phase:
- Dacre Crescent, Aveley
- Attlee Court, Grays
- Wellington Court, Grays
- Avon Green, South Ockendon
- Benyon Court, South Ockendon
- Brock Green, South Ockendon
- Broxburn Drive, South Ockendon
- Bruyns Court, South Ockendon
- Cam Green, South Ockendon
- Corran Way, South Ockendon
- Corve Lane, South Ockendon
- Dart Green, South Ockendon
- Derwent Parade, South Ockendon
- Eden Green, South Ockendon
- Faymore Gardens, South Ockendon
- Helford Court, South Ockendon
- Kynoch Court, Stanford-le-Hope
- Commonwealth House, Tilbury
- Crown Court, Tilbury
- Wellington Road, Tilbury
For more information, go to hyperoptic.com.