Broadband campaigners in Ewhurst, East Sussex, and Surrey Hills have called on BT to bring high-speed broadband to the area.
Some £150,000 in funding was set to be provided by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) for a local infrastructure project involving Vtesse Networks, however this fell through in February 2011.
SEEDA said it would not sign off the funding due to a pending third-party announcement which may affect the viability of the project. This is thought to be a reference to possible BT plans for a fibre broadband rollout in the area.
With the Vtesse Networks initiative shelved, a spokesperson for Ewhurst and Surrey Hills Broadband has now called on BT to confirm its intentions for the locality, and take the measures necessary to improve broadband coverage.
"A particular challenge for Ewhurst results from the long lines from the cabinet to the homes of those living in the Surrey Hills, which BT acknowledge are of poor broadband quality," they stated.
"Should the grant not be forthcoming to Ewhurst then Surrey must be obliged to ensure that BT provides a full-facility universal service throughout the Ewhurst area within a reasonable time-scale."