NEW figures show more than two-thirds of homes and businesses in the South East have access to fast, reliable internet.
Gigabit broadband is now available to 70 per cent of homes and businesses across the country as part of the Government’s £5billion Gigabit project.
This represents an increase from 2019, when gigabit coverage was just 7 percent.
One million buildings were connected to gigabit networks in the last five months, compared to the eight years it took for the country’s first million buildings.
Sally-Ann Hart, Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye, welcomed the news.
She said: “Blazing fast broadband is vital for rollout here in Hastings and Rye, but the hard-to-reach areas of the South East have suffered from slow internet speeds for far too long.
For this reason, I am pleased that the Gigabit project is making real progress in the region, as 69.84 percent of households and businesses now have access to fast and reliable internet, and I will continue to encourage the government to push their ambition further and faster to advance.”
Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said last month: “Today we enter an exciting new phase of our £5 billion digital gigabit connectivity scheme with the signing of our first major deal in Dorset.
“Thousands of hard-to-reach homes and businesses in the region will gain access to faster connections and join the 20 million properties we’ve helped connect over the past three years.
“The benefits of better broadband connectivity cannot be underestimated, and this work will result in people living in rural areas enjoying 21st-century speeds at home and at work, making their lives easier and more productive.”
Project Gigabit is the Government’s £5 billion program to bring the fastest, most reliable broadband to areas deemed too difficult or too expensive to connect by the broadband industry’s commercial plans.
The government said it will allow anyone to start and run a business of any size, even in the most remote areas of the UK.
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