East Sussex it would appear is ahead of schedule if the county council is to be believed. The first areas of East Sussex to benefit from the joint project with BT in the country have their work underway and the first areas should go live before Easter, which will hopefully be Burwash, Etchingham, Hadlow Down, Heathfield, Horam, Mayfield, Robertsbridge and Rotherfield
Other areas that should have their broadband improvements by the end of the year are Chelwood Gate, Danehill and Nutley. An update on the goesussex website also confirms the areas for phase 3 of the project namely Alfriston, Barcombe, East Dean, Glynde, Isfield, Plumpton, Ringmer, Ripe. There will also be some infill in exchange areas where cabinets failed the criteria under the commercial roll-out and are within the scope of the project.
As with all the roll-out announcements, while you may see your town or village mentioned it does not guarantee you will get an improved service, it is not uncommon for a couple of cabinets to be missed out from the initial roll-out, since to ensure the maximum number of premises are covered by the projects they are working through the easier areas first. While starting with the most rural premises might have made some different people happy, we are sure that those missed out in the middle ground would still be complaining, i.e. until the gap funded projects or commercial roll-outs guarantee 100% absolute coverage with a particular technology there will be winners and losers.