PLANS to bring improved broadband to West Sussex have been approved by the Government, releasing the £6.26m allocated to the County for this major project.
This means 90 per cent of the county will have superfast broadband by April 2015, meaning easier access to services, entertainment and cheaper communication.
The West Sussex Local Broadband Plan paves the way for the procurement of a supplier to put in the necessary infrastructure which will provide access to better broadband across the county.
To ensure the best commercial arrangement can be made with a supplier and they can see the demand, Lionel Barnard, Deputy Leader of West Sussex County Council, is calling on residents to show how much support there is for better broadband.
He said; “Better broadband access will bring many benefits to West Sussex. It’ll boost business, reduce social isolation and enhance our way of life. I want everyone to fill in a demand registration form to pledge their support. “We know more than 2,000 people have already registered, but there are areas where responses haven’t been so strong; in particular around Midhurst and Rogate. These are the some of places which would benefit massively from access to improved broadband being installed.”
All local authorities need to prepare a Local Broadband Plan and have it approved before they can draw on their allocated funding.
In West Sussex the project aims to make it possible for the whole of the county to connect to better broadband services by April 2015.
You can register your demand at www.westsussex-betterconnected.org.uk or by going to your local library or Help Point and completing a form.
Registering your demand registration doesn’t commit you to signing up for any new services but will help to bring better, faster broadband to West Sussex for everyone’s benefit in the future.