Fibre broadband for our county’s future
Better Connected is an exciting project to bring better, faster broadband to our county. In Spring 2016 we achieved our target of increasing coverage by ‘superfast ’broadband to more than 90% of the county. More than 60,000 homes and businesses have access to new fibre broadband services which would not have been available to them without the project’s intervention. Now we are using additional funding, together with money that BT is paying back to the County Council, to reach an extra 7,000 premises. West Sussex County Council has extended the time we
give to BT to complete their roll out and as a result, the delivery of the
Better Connected project will finish by the end of June 2019.
Digital communications infrastructure is becoming as vital as transportation, water and power services. ‘Superfast’ broadband technology has transformed how we work, live and communicate. This exciting technology can improve our quality of life, and help to grow our economy by enabling new businesses to start up, and existing ones to prosper.
We are looking to the future and have an ambition to support our public services by building the next generation of connectivity, giving speeds from 1Gb (1000mbps) using pure optical fibre.
The government wants to increase the amount of pure optical or ‘full fibre’ infrastructure covering the UK. Currently only around 2% of premises in the UK have access to the fastest broadband speeds which travel all the way into buildings over full fibre infrastructure. Public services are evolving and soon will be delivered in new and digital ways, which will require faster download and upload speeds and greater bandwidth. We want to invest in full fibre infrastructure now to get our public buildings and our services ready for the future.