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Hampshire publishes map of the first homes to benefit from new superfast broadband

Friday 27 September 2013

A new map has just been published by Hampshire County Council showing the first homes that will benefit from superfast broadband coverage in a countywide scheme to extend a high speed network to more than 57,000 local businesses and households.

The map shows the 6,000 properties under Phase One of the programme which aims to ensure superfast broadband is available to 90% of Hampshire premises by the end of 2015. The overall scheme will be delivered in eight phases, and the first premises should be able to sign up for superfast services in January 2014. A map showing the programme's overall coverage of Hampshire will be published within the next few weeks and more detailed maps of the areas that will benefit during the next seven phases of the scheme will be published as soon as they become available.

County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry has pledged his wish to see the Council go even further with its multi-million pound scheme, to extend superfast broadband beyond the Government's new target of 24Mbps for 95 per cent of premises by 2017.

Hampshire County Council, together with district and borough partners, has already invested £5million in the project and was awarded the same figure from Broadband Delivery UK. BT is contributing an additional £3.8million towards the cost of installing the new fibre infrastructure bringing the total investment in the project to just over £13.8million. The money will stimulate investment and finance the shortfall, to cover the costs of the upgrade to the network infrastructure.

The high speed infrastructure network extended to 90 per cent of premises in Hampshire will be capable of delivering speeds over 24Mbps in line with the national framework, agreed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Councillor Perry, said: "Broadband is a key part of the county's infrastructure and is hugely important to Hampshire in economic terms for the prosperity of businesses, the quality of life for residents and the quality of learning accessible to schools and universities. That is why we have decided to go even further and extend the areas that will benefit from much faster internet connection speeds in future."

"Our commitment to delivering improved Broadband in Hampshire has also been commended by Government; with praise from the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP who has praised our scheme and the progress we have achieved in its planned roll-out."

"This new online map shows the area we aim to cover in the first phase of the scheme which starts in January 2014. Additional areas will be mapped as each phase is agreed. Around 20,000 people have already signed up to indicate their support for superfast broadband speeds in Hampshire, but we would ask anyone who hasn't already done so, to please register their backing, as the more names and email addresses we have, the easier it will be for us to make the case to extend superfast broadband coverage."

The exact area to be covered in each phase will not be known until a few months before work starts on the ground because there are many local factors that can affect coverage. As a result of this, it is expected that the fine detail of the coverage area will evolve during the lifetime of the project, and the information provided at this stage is therefore a forecast rather than a firm commitment.

More information about The Hampshire Broadband Programme and how to join the campaign.

Notes to Editors:

Superfast Britain is a Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio is comprised of three elements:

Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.

For further information on the plan to achieve a transformation in broadband in the UK by 2015.

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