A campaign urging the public to register its support for a better broadband service across East Sussex has been launched this week.
Go e-sussex’ is an initiative of East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to give everyone in the county access to faster, more reliable broadband.
Currently only 3 per cent of homes and businesses in East Sussex have access to high-speed broadband of 24Mbps and over compared with 58 per cent nationally, making it one of the poorest served areas in the country.
With the Go e-sussex campaign, ESCC is hoping thousands of people across the county who are disadvantaged by slow or lack of broadband access will sign up. It will help ESCC attract investment from potential broadband suppliers, ultimately helping home and businesses in the county who are suffering from poor internet access and speed.
The campaign kicked off at Sharnfold Farm, a family-friendly farm and shop near Eastbourne, when Councillorr Freebody and representatives from ESCC visited owner Dennis Hilsdon to find out about the difficulty of running his business without a reliable broadband connection.
Dennis relies on email and social media to keep in touch with customers and suppliers but often struggles to get an online connection.
He said, “Our internet service is, at best, inconsistent and, at times, non-existent. It’s fortunate that we can email and use the internet on our smart phones otherwise I don’t know what we would do. Communication is a key factor for us – things are always changing on the farm: the animals, the crops, the activities, the landscape and we like to tell people what’s happening so they come and visit us.”
Cllr Freebody said, “Getting faster broadband in East Sussex is vital to the local economy and we need everyone working and living in East Sussex to show support.”
Visit www.goeastsussex.co.uk for information.