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Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been told of the need for an urgent fibre broadband upgrade in East Sussex.

Councillor Peter Jones, Leader of East Sussex County Council, recently met with the minister, along with representatives of Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and the local business community to outline the case for investment.

Speaking to the Hastings Observer, he described the meeting as "highly successful", noting that Mr Hunt was "left in no doubt" as to the importance placed on the issue.

"The rollout of super-fast broadband can provide an enormous boost to our economy," Councillor Jones stated.

"It will help businesses in our main towns and especially in our more remote, rural area where access to this technology is crucial."

He said the council would lobby the government on super-fast broadband at every opportunity, while also taking independent action.

The council has set aside £2 million from its capital programme for broadband development, while also making a BDUK funding application.

BDUK has been charged with distributing the government's £530 million broadband fund for infrastructure upgrades in rural areas of the UK.

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