Campaign for super fast broadband in East Sussex

RESIDENTS, businesses and organisations in East Sussex are being urged to join in the push for superfast broadband.

The County Council wants everyone in East Sussex to have access to reliable and faster broadband within the next two years and is asking people to help with the campaign.

This week the issue was given a massive boost after the council agreed to provide £15m from its own budget to add to a proposed £10.6m grant from Government. This could see nearly £26m available to help the County get up to speed. The aim will be to ensure that rural and hard to reach areas – which may not otherwise be commercially viable – are on the priority list to be upgraded.

Cllr Peter Jones, Leader of the County Council, said: “Making this technology available throughout East Sussex would make a huge difference to our residents and small businesses.

“Together with our partners, we recognise that access to digital services is absolutely essential to the development of the economy of East Sussex. Superfast broadband will support increased economic growth, inward investment and access to learning, skills and employment. People can help the campaign by filling out our questionnaire and giving us their views.”

The questionnaire is available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay – click on ‘current consultations’ followed by ‘Broadband in East Sussex’. People can request a copy to be posted to them by calling (01273) 482645.

The next step for the council will be to deliver its Local Broadband Plan to Government later this month.