£2.2m gigabit capable full fibre project coming to Burgess Hill

PR2154/SH/MF - 15/03/2018

A Mid Sussex District Council project to stimulate the market by making the development of gigabit-capable full fibre infrastructure more commercially viable has been funded by the Government.

Thanks to the support of Sir Nicholas Soames MP, the Council was able to arrange a visit and a presentation to The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, now Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in October 2017. The Council officially outlined its new approach to Fibre Broadband delivery earlier this year and has now successfully secured up to £2.2 million from the Government’s Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) fund.

Whilst 95% of UK premises can now get superfast broadband, only 3% have access to gigabit-capable full fibre infrastructure and the Government wants to change this.

With the need for faster connectivity expected to dramatically increase over the coming years, the Council aims to stimulate the market by making the deployment of gigabit-capable full fibre infrastructure more commercially viable.

The Burgess Hill project, will see the public and private sector working together to install the gigabit-capable full fibre infrastructure in Burgess Hill as part of the broader regeneration and development plans.

Councillor Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“Burgess Hill will see significant development and investment over the next 15 years including 5,000 new homes, new schools, two new business parks, the town centre regeneration, investment in sustainable transport infrastructure and potentially the region’s first science and technology park. The Council has always been clear that growth must come with improved infrastructure. Part of that infrastructure must be digital and this project is a huge boost for the Council’s aspirations for a Science and Technology Park.

“The current level of growth in Burgess Hill provides an important opportunity to develop innovatively and these Gigabit broadband improvements are an important part of our plans for the town. With extensive construction and regeneration work planned, this is a real opportunity to install digital infrastructure, including full fibre, during the construction, road building and regeneration projects. This dig once approach creates less disruption for residents and can be completed at a very much lower cost than when the same infrastructure is retrofitted.

“This is such an exciting time for Burgess Hill as we embark on our coordinated plan to create a modern, thriving town that’s fit for the future.”

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