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6,000 and counting want better, faster broadband in West Sussex

 

Across West Sussex more than 6,000 homes and businesses have registered support for better, faster broadband in the county.

Lionel Barnard, Deputy Leader of West Sussex County Council, welcomed the response from residents and businesses, and urged everyone to get behind the campaign to sign up for better, faster broadband.

He said: “Better broadband access will bring many benefits to West Sussex. We need this technology to be available to everyone in the county and we must convince suppliers that there is a demand for it. It’s great that so many people have already signed up but I ask everyone who has not yet done so to show their support for this important initiative.”

A full list showing where the registrations have come from is available online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/broadband

Lionel said: “Faster broadband can benefit everyone, and particularly those living in isolated, rural locations. It can do this by offering better opportunities to work from home, increase the opportunities for small, often home-based, businesses, provide savings by accessing banking and paying for services online, make it possible to connect with public services and help us to keep in touch with friends and family around the world.”

You can register your demand at www.westsussex.gov.uk/broadband or by going to your local library or Help Point and completing a form.

Registering your interest in better, faster broadband doesn’t commit you to signing up to buy any future broadband services but will help to show suppliers that there is demand worth their investment in West Sussex.

West Sussex County Council is leading the West Sussex Better Connected partnership of local authorities and agencies to use funds available from the Government, match-funded by the County Council, to attract private sector investment to secure the best levels of broadband network coverage, speeds, technologies and services across the whole county.

West Sussex Better Connected aims to provide availability of at least 2Mbps download speed everywhere in West Sussex, and access to superfast broadband of at least 24Mbps download speed to 90% of premises, through the procurement of a primary broadband partner able to jointly fund, develop and implement broadband countywide by 2015.

West Sussex County Council and the Government have both committed £6.2million to the initiative and it is envisaged a private sector partner will at least match the total amount to give a budget in excess of £25million.

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), a unit within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is responsible for managing the Government’s broadband funding. BDUK has developed a procurement framework and it is anticipated that West Sussex Better Connected will undertake the procurement of a supplier through this framework. More information is available on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website.

West Sussex Better Connected will not physically connect users to broadband but will provide the infrastructure through which residents and businesses can contract with suppliers to buy broadband services, in the usual way.