Full fibre broadband with Gigabit speed planned for Burgess Hill by Mid Sussex District Council

Mid Sussex District Council is planning a digital infrastructure project costing £2.2 million and has secured funding from the government for it, which will bring full-fibre Gigabit broadband network to Burgess Hill, in West Sussex.
Leader of the district council, Garry Wall, has acclaimed the project, a part of the £1 billion investment in the Burgess Hill Programme for the town, which gives a big boost for the town’s aspirations for a science and technology park, backed by the council and Sir Nichols Soames, MP. The Leader of the council said Burgess Hill will see major investment and development in the next 15 years. The council is clear that growth has to come with improved infrastructure, of which a part is digital and this project is a huge boost for the aspirations of the council, he remarked.
Gary Wall saw the extensive regeneration and construction work planned, as a real opportunity for installing digital infrastructure, during road building, construction and regeneration projects, which makes less disruption for residents and be done at a much lower cost than retrofitting the same.
The council successfully secured funding, when it approached DCMS early in the year and outlined their new planned approach to deliver fibre broadband. A council spokesman said that while 95% of the UK now get superfast broadband, only 3% access gigabit speeds on full-fibre infrastructure, which the government wants to change.
As part of the wider development and regeneration plans, the project will bring both public and private sector together to install in Burgess Hill the Gigabit capable fibre infrastructure. The council wishes to stimulate the market by making a commercially viable deployment of full fibre that’s gigabit-capable.

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