Wet winter fails to slow down new broadband

PLANS to bring superfast broadband to East Sussex are well ahead of schedule despite the recent torrential downpours and flooding.

Throughout the wettest winter since records began 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.

Work on the ground has already started in a number of new locations that will benefit from the second phase of the project, expected to “go live” later this year. These include the Hastings area.

Peter Cowen, BT’s regional partnership manager for the south east, said: “We’re really pleased with how the project is progressing. The horrendous weather is not dampening our commitment to getting the job done.”

Councillor 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.” For more information visit www.goesussex.co.uk.