West Sussex awarded more than £6million to improve broadband

WEST Sussex County Council has been awarded £6.26 million towards improving broadband connections in the county.

The funding is part of £530 million earmarked by the government to improve the broadband network.

County council deputy leader Lionel Barnard, who has responsibility for broadband, said: “West Sussex County Council has been doing a lot of work with internet service providers and we are committed to the need to improve broadband in West Sussex.

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“A good broadband connection is vital for businesses, many of which are home-based.

“We need to ensure this happens to encourage business development in West Sussex.”

Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “Our aim is to ensure everyone in the county, residents and businesses, have access to a fast broadband connection.

“The funding will help us to achieve this goal.”

There are still many parts of West Sussex where it is not possible to get a usable broadband connection, especially in rural areas.

There are three non-broadband telephone exchanges in West Sussex – East Marden, Plaistow and Sutton.

The funding will be used to cover the gaps in the county which will miss out on super-fast broadband in the commercial roll-out.