Lewes MP Norman Baker has welcomed news that East Sussex County Council will receive a further half-million pound grant to support the roll-out of superfast broadband.
The money is part of a recently announced £250m of extra government funding nationwide that will help business start-ups and job creation in some of the UK’s hardest to reach rural areas.
The investment is a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future by providing access to superfast broadband, and in allocating funding it has worked to ensure as many families and businesses as possible benefit.
This funding is in addition to the £1.2bn already invested by central and local government and will ensure 95 per cent of UK homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband by 2017.
Locally, East Sussex’s ‘go e-sussex’ project to roll-out superfast broadband across the region is currently well ahead of schedule. Engineers have already installed new fibre cabinets which will bring new areas online and work on the ground has already started in a number of new locations including Newick.
Mr Baker said: “I am glad to see East Sussex County Council is really getting the ball rolling on the local high speed broadband across the area. The lack of high speed internet access in rural locations is an issue that many constituents have raised with me in recent times. Without high quality internet access local businesses are being restricted and residents are being left out of the loop. I hope that this latest funding from the coalition government will quicken the work even further.”