Superfast Broadband for East Sussex : Project Update (August 2014)
Wealden DC continues to support East Sussex CC (ESCC) in realising its ‘e-Sussex Local Broadband Plan’ which is a key focus within the Wealden DC Corporate Plan.
The £34 million e-Sussex project, led by ESCC in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council, was launched to improve internet access for homes and businesses in East Sussex.
BT was appointed as their delivery partner to help roll out faster broadband across the county.
The funding will specifically be used in areas that are too expensive for the market to upgrade. This means that by 2016, alongside existing commercial broadband roll-out plans:
• 96% of all properties across East Sussex and parts of Brighton & Hove will have access to superfast broadband of at least 24mbps;
• 99% of all properties in the county will have access to higher-speed fibre broadband; and
• Every property in East Sussex will be able to access a broadband service of at least 2mbps – and in many cases much faster.
To date, the ‘e-Sussex’ campaign has received 15,930 registrations from homes and businesses to date. Even with work underway registrations are still invited. A significant number of registrations will show there is demand in the county for faster broadband. This in turn, will attract broadband providers to come and invest in the county once the new infrastructure is built.
Progress across Wealden so far has been good with the e-Sussex project’s very first fibre enabled broadband cabinet going live in Hadlow Down in April 2014, and more recently, new fibre cabinets have gone live in the Heathfield exchange area with the connection of remaining cabinets continuing to include Horam and Mayfield. Other Wealden communities fibre enabled are Rotherfield and Rushlake Green. The second phase of the project, expected to “go live” later this year will benefit: Buxted, Chelwood Gate, Chiddingly, Danehill, Framfield, Halland, Ninfield, Nutley, and Uckfield. Areas now confirmed under phase three include: Alfriston, East Dean, Isfield, and Ripe. ESCC will also enable cabinets which have been left out of the commercial rollout by BT in the following areas: Pevensey and Polegate.
For further information about superfast broadband contact the ESCC Broadband at firstname.lastname@example.org or see the website www.goesussex.co.uk,
For further information please contact Sara King, Community and Regeneration Officer on 01892 602884 or email Sara.King@wealden.gov.uk