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MP Nick Herbert is set to convene a broadband summit next month, which will discuss the future of high-speed internet in West Sussex.

The Arundel and South Downs MP will host the meeting with West Sussex County Council and aims to bolster support for improved internet access in rural areas.

West Sussex: Better Connected will be held on May 20th in Chichester and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be one of the keynote speakers at the event.

He will be joined by John Peel, Head of the new Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership; Bill Murphy, Managing Director of internet service provider (ISP) BT's Next Generation Access department, and a number of local representatives.

Speaking to the Mid Sussex Times about the broadband internet summit, Mr Herbert said: "We are less than 50 miles from London and yet parts of rural West Sussex have no broadband coverage at all, while many areas have slow speeds.

"Poor broadband holds back local enterprise and disadvantages rural communities."

In Oxfordshire, a similar campaign is being run by Deputy Council Leader David Robertson to boost rural broadband access in the county.

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