The next communities to benefit from the West Sussex Better Connected project include Birdham, Bracklesham Bay, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Eastergate and Haywards Heath.

The joint project between West Sussex County Council, BT and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, aims to extend broadband coverage to those areas which fall outside the private sector's commercial fibre broadband plans.

So far, more than 80 new green fibre broadband cabinets have been installed in nearly 30 communities across West Sussex.

Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said the rollout of superfast broadband across the UK is providing "a tremendous boost to local economies".

Lionel Barnard, cabinet member for residents' services at West Sussex County Council, added: "It's good to know that our investment in this new broadband infrastructure is already benefiting many homes and businesses in West Sussex and making a real difference to people's lives in rural areas.

"We want to ensure that our rural communities thrive and that everyone has access to better broadband across the county.

"That’s why I’m very pleased that we have passed this 15,000 milestone and that the project is on schedule to meet its aim of delivering faster broadband (24 megabits per second and above) to 90 per cent of the county, and a minimum service of 2 Mbps to all homes and businesses by spring 2016."