From Historical Hastings
Fibre Optic Trials
Rediffusion were pioneers in Fibre Optic cabling which today carries the backbone of the internet worldwide. The first trial of it for carrying video was in Hastings during 1976 between Blackman Avenue and the offices on the Ponswood Industrial Estate. Rediffussion were superceded by Granada TV, who took over both the cable television service and the television/video rental shops which existed in Queens Parade, Robertson Street and London Road at various times with customers being supported by a warehouse/repair facility on the Ponswood Industrial Estate.