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Gigabit funding

More than £20million is to be invested in West Sussex’s digital infrastructure to deliver gigabit-capable broadband.


Funding for several ‘full fibre’ projects was agreed by the county council’s cabinet on Tuesday. The schemes will be financed from the business rates funding pool.


Cllr Bob Lanzer, cabinet member for the economy, said: “I’m delighted to see this further, significant investment in the county’s digital infrastructure. Councils in West Sussex are innovating in a space created by slow commercial investment and trying new approaches to see which are most effective in expanding gigabit-capable connectivity to all areas of the county.”


The county council’s digital infrastructure team is working with district and borough councils and central government to further develop a vision for the county’s digital future.


This includes increasing ‘full fibre’ and maximising coverage of gigabit-capable broadband through the West Sussex full fibre programme.


On Tuesday, funding was agreed for projects which include building on the county-wide initiative to build new gigabit-capable services to key public sector sites and exploring with the commercial market its appetite for early investment in rural areas.


Chichester gigabit: 50 public-sector sites £0.74million and Arun gigabit: 100 public-sector sites £1.5million.


The cabinet’s decision is subject to the usual call-in period.

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