Full-fibre ultrafast broadband project nearly complete – Brightling, East Sussex – village website
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At last! The project to bring full-fibre ultrafast broadband to Brightling, Woods Corner and parts of Netherfield is now almost entirely complete. Out of the 245 properties in the scope of the project, 232 now have access to full-fibre broadband, leaving just 13 properties to be completed.

The remaining 13 consist of: six properties at Woods Corner (expected completion mid-November); six on Netherfield Hill (the B2096 going in to Netherfield – expected completion mid-January) and one elsewhere (expected completion mid-January).

With the exception of 4 properties that were outside the scope of the project on grounds of cost, this means that the whole of Brightling parish can now access full-fibre broadband, with a choice of speeds of up to 900 Mbps.

The project started in July 2022 and was scheduled to take one year, so it has over-run by about six months. However, it is the culmination of a campaign to bring decent broadband to Brightling that started back in 2013. (East Sussex County Council announced in 2011 that they aimed to bring superfast broadband to the whole of East Sussex by 2017, and would be prioritizing rural areas. The campaign launched when it became apparent that they were doing neither of those things).

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Points to note: 1. You will not automatically be upgraded. If you want to upgrade to the new service, you need to apply. A starting point is to contact your existing supplier. Although the infrastructure has been installed by Openreach, a subsidiary of BT, you are not obliged to use BT. You can shop around, subject to any existing contract you may have. It is a competitive market and there are a variety of different prices and service levels available 2. If you pledged your Gigabit broadband voucher back in 2022, you will get a letter or email from Openreach reminding you that you promised to upgrade to the new service when available. The new service is available to everyone, not just those who pledged vouchers, but those who pledged will probably get quicker installation for technical reasons.

If you have any queries, please drop an email to highwealdsuperfastbroadband@gmail.com