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25.07.17

Norfolk CC sets up Digital Committee to drive tech innovation

A county council has this week taken the innovative step of setting up a Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee in order to push towards better digital connectivity.

Norfolk CC said that the committee will lead on the authority’s work to build digital infrastructure that will serve the area’s growing technology industry, as well as local businesses and residents.

The committee will be accountable for a number of areas, including the delivery of better broadband for Norfolk and the installation of superfast broadband in 95% of properties by 2020.

It will also oversee the county council’s use of technology to deliver better 24/7 online personalised services for residents, and champion its ambition to accelerate digital and mobile connectivity – as well as lobby the government to maximise new opportunities, such as 5G wireless technology.

“As we continue to evolve the way we provide services to Norfolk residents, digital is becoming increasingly important,” said Cllr Tom Garrod, newly appointed chairman of the Digital Committee. “It’s vital that we integrate digital solutions where possible to make services more personalised and efficient.”

Cllr Garrod also emphasised the importance of providing better digital infrastructure across the length and breadth of Norfolk.

“This means working for the benefit of local businesses and individuals that rely on the internet and mobile for their day-to-day business, which enables the Norfolk economy to grow,” he explained.

“The new Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee will not only help drive forward the solutions that will ultimately be the catalyst to the county’s long-term economic success, but also transform the way that our residents access services, making them more personalised and convenient.

“I personally have a keen interest in digital innovation and I am committed to putting this council at the heart of driving better access to digital opportunities for the people of Norfolk.”

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