West Sussex residents urged to support push for faster internet service

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MORE than 6,000 homes and businesses have registered support for better, faster broadband in West Sussex.

The county council is behind a campaign urging broadband suppliers to invest and upgrade in the county.

The government is setting aside cash, which will be matched by the county council, to find a broadband partner to carry out the work needed to allow at least 90 per cent of premises to be able to access superfast broadband by 2015.

Lionel Barnard, deputy leader of West Sussex County Council, said: ‘Better broadband access will bring many benefits to West Sussex. We need this technology to be available to everyone in the county and we must convince suppliers that there is a demand for it. It’s great that so many people have already signed up but I ask everyone who has not yet done so to show their support for this important initiative.’

He added: ‘Faster broadband can benefit everyone, and particularly those living in isolated, rural locations by offering better opportunities to work from home, increase the opportunities for small, often home-based, businesses, provide savings by accessing banking and paying for services online, make it possible to connect with public services and help us to keep in touch with friends and family around the world.’

To register go to westsussex.gov.uk/broadband

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