Rotherfield to have superfast broadband by Easter

Work to bring superfast broadband to East Sussex is well ahead of schedule, despite the recent torrential downpours and flooding.

The first areas due to become fibre enabled as part of the programme of engineering include Burwash, Etchingham, Hadlow Down, Heathfield, Horam, Mayfield, Robertsbridge and Rotherfield.

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The £34m project is being funded by East Sussex County Council, the Government and BT.  The funding will specifically be used in areas that are too expensive for the market to upgrade.

The aim is by 2016,  96% of all homes and businesses across East Sussex will have access to superfast broadband of at least 24mbps.

BT is contributing £9.8m towards the overall cost of deployment in “non-commercial” areas while East Sussex County Council is contributing £15m towards the project, with £10.64m coming from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK funds.

The ‘e-Sussex’ project say throughout the wettest winter since records began engineers have already installed more than half of the new fibre cabinets which will serve these areas, with people in these communities expected to be able to place orders for fibre broadband before Easter.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Economy, said:

This is fantastic news for businesses and residents in the county who will benefit greatly from improved broadband speeds.

Access to faster broadband is vital to our local economy and it will give our local businesses the opportunity to grow and expand.

To find out more about the project visit the go e-sussex website.