Birdham and Bracklesham Bay get faster broadband

Birdham and Bracklesham Bay have been added to the list of communities which benefit from a faster broadband service.

A £20m West Sussex Better Connected initiative has provided more than 15,000 homes and businesses with better faster fibre broadband services.

West Sussex County Council, BT and the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, has provided more than 80 new green fibre broadband cabinets in nearly 30 communities across West Sussex, giving them access to better broadband.

The Better Connected project is being carried out in eight overlapping phases with survey work and network preparation completed for the first two phases of the project, and continuing in phases three and four. Surveys for phase five are beginning this month and will continue until March 2015.

The purpose of the surveys is to establish what broadband services can be provided within a given exchange area.

The Better Connected fibre network will extend the reach of faster broadband to more than 44,000 homes and businesses in West Sussex.

The multi-million pound partnership is jointly funded by West Sussex County Council, which is investing £6.26m and BT which is contributing £7.6m, with £6.26m coming from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds.

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