A campaign urging residents to register support for a better broadband service across East Sussex has been launched this week.
‘Go e-sussex’ is an initiative led by East Sussex County Council to give the county access to faster, more reliable broadband.
Currently only three per cent of homes and businesses in the county have access to high-speed broadband (24Mbps and over) compared with 58 per cent nationally, making it one of the poorest served areas in the country.
With the campaign, the council is hoping people who are disadvantaged by slow or lack of broadband access will sign up.
County council chairman Chris Dowling and cllr David Rogers visited Harwood King Fine Art Studios in Newhaven for the launch.
Cllr Rogers said: “Newhaven is an important industrial and employment area in East Sussex with many types of businesses, particularly manufacturing.
“These businesses need superfast broadband so they can compete on a level playing field with those in other parts of the world.”
Harwood King owner Quentin Harwood said: “We’re in an industrial area of East Sussex, so we should have a decent broadband service.”
Cllr Dowling, added: “I call on everyone working and living in East Sussex to show their support as we need significant numbers of registrations to attract investment from potential broadband suppliers in the county.”
The council secured funding to work with a telecoms partner to install the necessary infrastructure across the county.
However, it is too costly for these companies to invest unless they know there is a strong demand for superfast broadband.
The focal point is a website where people can find out more about broadband in their area and register demand for a faster service.
Registering your interest does not mean you will have to subscribe to the service when it is launched, but it will help everyone in East Sussex receive faster broadband. Visit www.goesussex.co.uk or phone 01273 335991 for a paper copy.