Nine communities are set to get superfast broadband under the e-Sussex scheme.
East Sussex local councils have named the nine exchanged that will upgrade to fibre broadband in the first part of the county’s superfast broadband rollout.
Burwash, Etchingham, Hadlow Down, Heathfield, Horam, Mayfield, Robertsbridge, Rotherfield and Rushlake Green are the first communities that will get upgraded as part of the £34 million project by mid-2014.
Read our guide to Fibre Broadband and BDUKThe scheme is being lead by East Sussex County Council in association with Brighton and Hove City Council. According to the county council, BT, which got the contract back in May, has identified this first phase as the most efficient way to start building the new network. The local authorities alongside BT and the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme are funding the project.
It is expected that the surveying will start next month with new fibre services available in another six to nine months.
While the council does not have accurate data at the postcode or premises level, it is expecting to make this available as the project progresses. A PDF file with further details has also been added to the Go East Sussex website.
“Until the results of the detailed planning and the site surveys are done we are not able to say definitively where we will start and when, but we will be keeping communities informed as we know more ourselves,” the project said in a statement.
The work on the project is expected to last three years and should provide superfast broadband to 96 per cent of homes and businesses in the county.