County plans for faster broadband

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RURAL parts of the county could benefit from faster internet speeds if the Government backs a county council plan to set up superfast broadband

Last week East Sussex County Council submitted its Local Broadband Plan, which details how the council and its partners could help rollout the technology.

The Plan has been sent to Broadband Development UK (BDUK).

County Council Leader Peter Jones wants everyone in East Sussex to have access to reliable and faster broadband within the next two years and says that the submission of the Plan is a major stepping stone in the campaign.

Cllr Jones said, “Making this technology available throughout East Sussex is absolutely vital for all our residents and small businesses and I am delighted that we have submitted our plan.

“We hope to get approval as soon as possible.

“In the meantime we have already signalled to the market our intention to move ahead with our plans – as soon BDUK give us the green light.”

The final version of the Plan will be published on the county council’s website if it gets the go-ahead

If BDUK approves the plan, a grant of £10.6m will be handed to East Sussex.

This will be more than matched by the county council with an investment of £15m, giving a total of almost £26m to help the county to 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.

The public can help the campaign by filling out a questionnaire and giving their views.

The questionnaire is available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay - click on ‘current consultations’ followed by ‘Broadband in East Sussex’.