Public services are evolving and in the future will be delivered in new and digital ways, requiring faster broadband speeds with greater bandwidth.
Our ambition for our county is the highest quality of life in a safe, smart, digital environment, enabling public services to be better connected with each other and our residents.
Working together with the central government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), we aim to help grow our fibre broadband network of the future and ensure that West Sussex is at the forefront of this technology.
2 West Sussex Gigabit
The West Sussex Gigabit project is about improving the infrastructure that will allow our public services to be delivered more effectively for all local residents and tax payers.
Together with CityFibre, West Sussex councils are building a full fibre network that will connect key public sector sites, capable of delivering speeds from 1,000 megabits per second (1 gigabit) to meet the future need of public services.
The project will not deliver fibre broadband to homes and businesses, but we are committed to providing full fibre within the county by working with the market to benefit homes and businesses in the future.
Other projects are currently under way within the County Council that will extend the reach of fibre broadband to more premises across the county.
3 Gigabit project roadworks
Construction methods are selected based on multiple criteria, such as highways legislation and standards, public accessibility and the presence of other utilities. We are working closely with the Network Permit Office and contractors to keep any roadwork disruption in West Sussex to a minimum.
We will make every effort to combine our roadworks with other ongoing work. However, the timing and designs of the project mean the potential to work at the same time in a given location with other utilities may be limited.
Some roads may need to be closed, some will have traffic management alternatives, allowing the roads to remain open, and in some cases work will be carried out in the footpath, with pedestrian diversions.
On completion of any work, all reinstatement materials are checked and a comprehensive material testing process is used to verify that reinstatements are completed to the Specification of the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways (SROH) standards.
Further details about the permits granted for the Gigabit West Sussex Project can be found on our streetworks register map, where you can filter by date range and entering a road name in the location field.
4 Rural gigabit broadband voucher scheme
Residents and Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the county’s rural areas can now benefit from the fastest and most reliable broadband connectivity if they choose to go ‘gigabit’.
County, District and Borough Councils in West Sussex have worked together to jointly invest in topping up the government’s national voucher scheme to enable it to go further for our residents and businesses.
Rural eligible premises can now claim up to £4,000 each towards the installation cost of gigabit-capable broadband. The resident or business only pays for the ongoing broadband connection package, in the usual manner.
Gigabit capable connections are future ready and provide a big leap forward in terms of speeds and reliability. A gigabit is equivalent to a 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps).
To be eligible, premises need to be within a rural eligible postcode, receive download speeds of less than 100mbps, apply in a group of two or more premises and sign up to a broadband connectivity package of at least 30mbps for 12 months.
We welcome interest from broadband suppliers considering investment in West Sussex. Contact us to discuss your plans.
The deadline to use the scheme is 31 March 2021.