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Residents in Wealden promised broadband upgrades

Residents in parts of Wealden are set to receive vital upgrades to broadband services following a meeting at Parliament recently.

Nus Ghani has sought assurances from Openreach with regards to their plan to start upgrades to full-fibre broadband in Hailsham, Horsebridge, Lower Dicker, Upper Dicker and Forest Row, within the next 14 months.

The Wealden MP met with Clive Selly, the CEO of Openreach, and Michael Salter-Church, the company’s Director of External Affairs and Policy, in Parliament and brought the cases of local residents to their attention. Discussions ranged from the progress of current plans, to future opportunities to roll out high-speed coverage uniformly throughout the constituency.

She commented; “Poor broadband is one of the top frustrations for Wealden residents, as it limits the capacity of businesses to carry out their work and the ability of students to research for their schoolwork. It was good to raise the impact of poor coverage directly with Clive Selly and Michael Salter-Church, who are responsible for rolling out full-fibre broadband.’

‘I have had many productive meetings with the senior team of BT Openreach in the past, as I have long campaigned for reliable broadband. It is good to have strong assurances that service will improve and Wealden is set for 21st century broadbands speeds very soon.’

The timescale of the project is 14 months, with the ambition of ‘breaking ground’ as soon as possible, according to Openreach. Representatives have agreed to update her on any progress to do with the roll-out and the works.

The Wealden Eye Magazine | November/December 2020 Issue
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