News release: Wednesday, 06 March 2013

East Sussex Broadband Project Moves into Procurement Stage

Businesses and residents of East Sussex are asked to urgently register their support for better broadband through the ‘Go e-sussex’ campaign. This campaign was launched by East Sussex County Council to provide evidence of public demand for faster broadband in the county.

The call comes as East Sussex County Council’s project to install faster, more reliable broadband in the county moves into the procurement stage. This means that a private sector partner will soon be selected to install the infrastructure that is essential for providing a better broadband service.  It is expected that a contract will be in place by late spring, with work beginning sometime at the end of the year.

Jenny Devane, East Sussex County Council’s Engagement Manager for the Broadband project said: “Over 8,000 homes and businesses have registered their support through our ‘Go e-sussex’ campaign and we still need more.

“The more registrations we receive, the more attractive we become for potential broadband providers. This will add weight to our negotiations and will help us to ensure that we get the best possible value from the public funding that has been allocated to this project.

“It only takes a few moments to register at our website www.goesussex.co.uk so please join thousands of others and ensure the county's future is a superfast one.

“Registering your interest does not mean you will have to subscribe to the service when it’s launched, but saying “Yes to superfast broadband” will directly help everyone in East Sussex receive faster, more reliable broadband.”

Enhancing the digital provision will make East Sussex a far more accessible place to live and work. It will mean having a fast, reliable internet service regardless of where you live; the ability to access online services quickly and easily, being able to work from home without worrying about losing your connection to your colleagues and clients.  It will attract new business into the county and boost the local economy.

Visit www.goesussex.co.uk to complete the online registration form (or phone 01273 335991 if you require a paper copy). The website also features information and news updates about the project and general information about broadband.