The government has committed to bringing gigabit-capable broadband to every home by the end of 2025. By the end of this year, these gigabit speeds are expected to reach over 60% of homes, thanks in part to the rapid deployment of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks.
The good news… super fast, full fibre broadband has come to Upperton.
The not-so-good news… the installation by the firms installing it has caused many problems, including poor reinstatement works, damage to other services and traffic/parking problems.
In Eastbourne we currently have two companies installing FTTP networks – City Fibre and Lightning Fibre. City Fibre is a large, national firm and Lightning Fibre is a local firm, based in Eastbourne.
Your Upperton Ward Councillors team have spent many hours working on your behalf and were involved with all parties from the start - local residents, the fibre companies, and East Sussex Highways. East Sussex Highways Permit issue the licences, challenge poor reinstatement of works and damage to other services, and handle problems with access and traffic.
As a result, East Sussex Highways Permit Inspectors carry out inspections on all active work areas up to three times per day. Both companies have had sanctions imposed and are currently working under severe restrictions, including a temporary hold on further excavations, until previous unsatisfactory reinstatement works have been completed to the complete satisfaction of ESCC Highways Inspectors. In future, the fibre companies will only work in small areas which must be complete before they can move on.
Upperton Ward Councillors will continue to monitor these installations and any others that may follow. Please continue to contact us with your concerns or complaints and we will take these up with both the East Sussex Highways Permit Inspectors and the fibre companies.