“The possibilities are endless” – that was the message from a high-level digital conference which looked at how the roll out of world-class internet infrastructure in West Sussex could help transform the lives of residents and businesses.
Digital experts, business representatives and local authority leaders from across the south east were among the 100 people to attend the West Sussex Digital Futures event at Worthing’s Assembly Hall.
Organised by Adur & Worthing Councils, the event featured discussions on how the area will become the first in the south east to have gigabit full-fibre internet infrastructure installed in its towns.
Those attending then heard how this and 5G improvements is already leading to transformative changes in the delivery of adult & social care, street lighting, agritech and many other areas of day-to-day life.
In welcoming delegates to the event, Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said: “Gigabit fibre is the foundation for our digital future and it is going to drive a host of benefits for residents, businesses and public services.
“I’m super excited about the opportunities that will come our way as the first places in the south east to go full fibre. It will drive productivity and innovation in our businesses. It will provide rip-roaring speeds in the home and provide important benefits for the future of digital social care.”
Speakers included Neil Watt (FarrPoint); Simon Hughes (Mid Sussex District Council); Sarah Bazen (West Sussex County Council); Paul Brewer (Adur & Worthing Councils); and Simon Woodhead (Stopham Vineyard).
The event forms part of EverythingConnects, a panel of local authority leaders from across West Sussex who are focused on working together to deliver change through digital infrastructure.