Hampshire County Council and BT have inked a second contract to make high speed broadband available to a further 34,500 properties in the county.
This means, once the work gets finished, over 34,500 Hampshire properties will have access to super-fast connections of up to 24 Mbps through the government’s £18.4 million investment and network operator BT’s £3.8 million investment into the new broadband scheme.
Leader of Hampshire County Council Cllr Roy Perry said: “It’s very good news for Hampshire that we have been able to push ahead with this significant project and ensure that more people and businesses will have access to superfast broadband services across the county.”
He added that super-fast broadband can provide a considerable boost to everyday activities for thousands of people, whether for running a business from home, doing their homework online, or shopping or banking via the internet; as well as demonstrating that Hampshire is a good place in which to invest.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said “I’m delighted that our roll-out of super-fast broadband in Hampshire is now going to reach an additional 34,500 local homes and businesses. We are witnessing a transformation of the UK’s digital landscape, and taking superfast coverage to 95% of the county will deliver tremendous benefits to Hampshire.”
The first part of the programme, which aims at extending Superfast Broadband coverage to 90 percent of the Hampshire County by 2015 end, is going well on track, bringing access to over 59,000 business and residential premises in the county.
You can visit hampshiresuperfastbroadband.co.uk. to check if you already have access, or if your area is being covered under the programme.