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West Sussex Broadband: working for Better Connected communities

West Sussex residents and businesses are being urged to register their support for better broadband in the county.

West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader Lionel Barnard, who has responsibility for Enterprise, said: “The County Council has committed £6.26 million to match fund a government grant to improve the county’s broadband network. For us to get the full benefit of this investment and ensure we deliver improved broadband first to those who need it most, we need to get a clear picture of the demand across West Sussex.

“By registering their support, residents will be playing their part in showing us where the demand is.”

Residents and businesses can register via the West Sussex – Better Connected website at www.westsussex-betterconnected.org.uk or by completing a registration form at their local library or help point.

Registering support for superfast broadband will help show where the levels of demand are in communities when planning the broadband improvement programme, it does not commit residents to sign up to any new service.

Lionel added that the aim of the programme is to ensure access to improved broadband for both residents and businesses.

“This is particularly vital for our local economy and businesses, many of which are home-based,” he said. “In these difficult economic times, we need to work together to help improve economic prosperity and support our local businesses.

“Better broadband access will help reduce social isolation in our more rural communities, and make it easier and cheaper for residents to access services.”

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West Sussex County Council announced last month that it will be committing £6.26 million to match fund the amount it was allocated by the Government last August to improve and expand the county’s broadband network.

Confirming the match funding means the County Council and partners, including District and Borough Councils and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, can now look to attract investment from internet service providers. The overall programme is called ‘West Sussex – Better Connected’.

Please click here for the previous press release on the Government broadband funding: http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/your_council/news/press_office/press_release_archive/2011/august_2011/broadband_funding_awarded_to_w.aspx

Facts and figures:

·          Offline households are missing out on average consumer savings of £560 per year.
·          3.6 million low-income households are missing out on total savings of more than £1 billion a year from shopping and paying bills online.
·          It’s estimated that people with good ICT skills earn between three percent and 10 percent more than people without such skills.

One Comment

  1. Posted 20 Jan, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Done, registered and supporting. This town is not just “God’s Waiting room”, it has families and some of the most profitable businesses in the country according to a recent survey. We must not forget, that without our business, and our young people, any town, not just our beloved Worthing will suffer and stagnate. All for improvements.