Council welcomes funding for better broadband

EAST Sussex County Council has welcomed news the county will get more than £10.6 million to help secure better broadband across the county.

It is part of a more than £363 million investment announced by the Government to ensure the UK has the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015, with 90 per cent of homes and businesses having access to super-fast broadband and for everyone in the UK to have access to at least 2Mbps.

“This is great news for the county,” said Deputy Council Leader Keith Glazier. “Broadband is essential for modern living.

“We recognise how important it is for people to be able to access digital services, and we also know it will help to boost our economy by allowing businesses and employment to grow.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure the Government knows East Sussex is a very deserving case and we’re pleased we are amongst the top 10 highest allocations in the country.

“Now we know how much has been earmarked for East Sussex we can work with the industry to cost out solutions and find the rest of the money it will take to get the job done.”

The indicative BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK) funding allocation for East Sussex, Brighton and Hove is £10,640,000.

The Government has said that to access these investment pots, county councils or local enterprise partnerships will need to draw up a delivery plan and match the Government’s investment with European, their own or private funds.