The rollout of super-fast broadband services in Suffolk can add £5 billion to the regional economy, it has been claimed.
Speaking to the Bury Free Press, Mark Bee, Leader at Suffolk County Council (SCC), said plans to deliver 25Mb broadband by 2015 will make a significant difference to the area.
"We should be one of the first four local authorities in the country to get super-fast broadband so that will give us a real edge," he claimed.
According to ISPreview.co.uk, homes and businesses in Suffolk currently have access to an average of just 5Mb download speeds.
However, the local authority plans to use its £11.68 million Broadband Delivery UK funding - and £10 million of council finance - to deliver super-fast broadband.
Suffolk County Council is also aiming to deliver universal 100Mb broadband by the end of the decade.