Superfast broadband coverage to expand in West Sussex

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FASTER broadband is set to come to West Sussex.

West Sussex County Council has begun an open-market review with suppliers with the aim of ensuring superfast broadband is available everywhere.

Telecommunications suppliers are being invited to share their plans for superfast broadband coverage in the county.

The review will help to identify which areas of West Sussex are likely to be left behind others without access to superfast broadband services.

The information will identify the areas which will need intervention from the public sector.

Lionel Barnard, deputy leader of West Sussex County Council, said: ‘It’s an exciting step forward in the plans we have to connect West Sussex to the future and make superfast broadband available to all our homes and businesses.

‘We are asking suppliers to tell us where they plan to invest so we can plan where to fill in the gaps with public funding.

‘Superfast broadband has the power to bring so many benefits including growing our economy, benefitting our business and helping us all to access work, shopping, entertainment and public services more easily.’

Following public consultation a formal procurement process will begin with potential suppliers.