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Hurry up with our ultrafast broadband says Brighton and Hove digital sector
A city's digital sector has called on the Government to speed up provision of ultrafast broadband.
Last year, following the Argus-backed ‘Let Brighton Bid’ campaign, Chancellor George Osborne announced that Brighton and Hove will receive funding for the vital infrastructure as part of a £50 million scheme.
But now bosses at digital firms across the area say the project has ground to a halt.
Alex Morrison, pictured, boss at Coggapp in Dyke Road, said that whatever is holding things up, it’s not lack of enthusiasm or lack of demand in the sector.
He said: “Last year Wired Sussex worked with Caroline Lucas and Brighton and Hove Council to win funding for ultra-fast broadband for the city. It’s desperately needed to open up new areas of office accommodation for Brighton’s expanding digital sector. This kind of Government intervention unblocks the system and helps the economic recovery. It’s cheap and should be simple and will rapidly pay for itself through economic growth.
“All parties should be working together to unblock the ultrafast broadband initiative – which is not happening as quickly as we would like.”
Phil Jones, managing director of Wired Sussex, an association of digital companies, said: “It is extremely frustrating. It is, at least, not just a Brighton thing. Every single city to win the funding, from Manchester to Derby, Brighton to Bristol, are experiencing problems with actually getting their detailed plans approved by Government.
“Of course, for those Brighton businesses who need more capacity now, that doesn’t make the slow progress any easier to cope with.”
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion said: “Winning the ultrafast broadband bid has been a real good-news story for the city and a boost for our flourishing digital industries, who can now be sure of keeping their place at the forefront of technological innovation in the UK and beyond.
"Big projects often take a while to come through, and state aid and procurement issues have led to changes and refinements to the project – but I know the council, the LEP and Wired Sussex are all working very closely with broadband companies and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to make ultrafast broadband a reality for Brighton and Hove’s creative and digital sector.”
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