High speed broadband on schedule for Spring

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HIGH-SPEED broadband should soon be a reality for residents of Hastings and St Leonards, with BT confirming it was still on schedule for Spring.

The service is to be rolled out to 61,000 homes here and in Eastbourne.

The connection uses state-of-the-art fibreoptic cables and local computer users will potentially be able to enjoy download speeds of up to 100 megabits a second, which is 50 times faster than the speeds recorded in some areas of St Leonards.

The exact date of the upgrade has not yet been confirmed, however a spokesperson for BT confirmed Hastings was on the Spring list.

At the fastest speeds it will take two seconds to download a song, 30 seconds for an album and 10 minutes for a full length high definition film.

Last week East Sussex County Council (ESCC) agreed to provide £15million from its own budget to ensure that rural and hard to reach areas, which may otherwise be left out, are brought up to speed.

This will be added to the proposed £10.6million grant from the government.

ESCC leader Councillor Peter Jones said: “Making this technology available throughout East Sussex would make a huge difference to our residents and small businesses.

“Together with our partners, we recognise that access to digital services is absolutely essential to the development of the economy of East Sussex.”