As Government announces that the rollout of superfast broadband has reached more than one million homes and businesses across the UK, Hampshire is celebrating its own milestone.
Just over 14,500 premises across Hampshire, that would otherwise miss out on the advantages of faster internet speeds, can now connect thanks to Hampshire’s Superfast Broadband Programme.
The £13.8 million county-wide rollout is firmly on track to extend superfast broadband to 90% of Hampshire’s homes and businesses to be reached by faster broadband speeds by the end of 2015. Plans are also in place to reach even more Hampshire premises, with a joint £18.4 million investment from Government and Hampshire County Council to extend superfast coverage to at least 95% of premises by the end of 2017.
Hampshire is one of the nine local authorities that remains on course to achieve the original targets by the end of 2017. Additionally, the Hampshire Broadband Programme has demonstrated outstanding value for money with the lowest cost per premise of all of the national bids to date.
The programme team of Hampshire County Council and BT, supported by district and borough councils, is currently developing the plan that will see:
- at least 90% of all premises having access to broadband capable of SuperFast speeds by 2015, and
- plans and funding in place to deliver speeds in excess of 2Mbps to the 3,500 premises in Hampshire that will remain below this speed by 2015.
The first premises in Hampshire to benefit from the programme went live in January 2014 with engineers working to build the network.
For the latest information on the Programme visit: http://www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/news/
To register, and for more information about the Hampshire Broadband Programme, please visit www.hants.gov.uk/broadband
Find out how superfast broadband will help your business http://www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/business/
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