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Residents and businesses in West Sussex are being invited to take part in a summit on rural broadband provision, scheduled to take place on May 20th.

The event, to be staged in Chichester next Friday, will see a variety of broadband industry and community stakeholders come together to discuss ways to improve broadband coverage in remote areas.

It has been organised by Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert in conjunction with West Sussex County Council, reports the Mid Sussex Times.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is in charge of directing UK broadband policy, will deliver the keynote address at the summit

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy Deborah Urquhart said fast, reliable broadband is essential for local businesses and residents.

"We want to do all we can to enable better broadband coverage in West Sussex, and the summit is an ideal opportunity to bring businesses and community organisations together," she stated.

Nick Herbert MP said that despite being less than 50 miles from London, parts of the county have no broadband coverage at all and many other areas have slow speeds.

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

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