BT Openreach are rolling out their superfast broadband installation across the Lewes District. This will speed up internet links considerably, and help local homes and businesses to better run different services.
Openreach are liaising with local councils to fulfil the government’s initiative to provide two-thirds of the country with Super-Fast broadband (SFBB). This involves upgrading the network, by laying fibre optic cables and the installation of DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) cabinets.
Openreach are an open communications infrastructure provider meaning that they have to allow access to every internet service provider in the country to use their network. Currently not all service providers have fibre optic products available to the market, this means that the old cabinets have to be retained to be fair to all market providers.
Fibre optic cables can carry massive amounts of information over much longer distances and much faster than copper, providing speedier coverage for customers.
Telecommunications providers have extensive permitted development rights to provide communications equipment without requiring a planning application. These rights have been extended for works in connection with 'fixed-line broadband' and such works no longer require the Prior Approval of the Planning Authority in designated areas such as Conservation Areas and the South Downs National Park.
Further information on Superfast Broadband can be found at Openreach.