Following the publication of the National Audit Office (NAO) report ‘The Rural Broadband Programme,’ Hampshire County Council would like to reassure the residents and businesses who currently experience slow broadband that the programme to bring improvements is still on track.
Hampshire is one of the nine local authorities referenced in the NAO report that remains on track to achieve the original targets by the end of 2015. Furthermore, the Hampshire Broadband Programme has demonstrated outstanding value for money having achieved 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 refining the plan that will see at least 90% of all premises having access to broadband capable of SuperFast speeds (24Mbps+) by 2015. We can also confirm that plans and funding are 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 Hampshire Broadband Programme are due to go live in January 2014 with engineers commencing work to build the network in the next few months.
We anticipate making more information available in the next six weeks that will enable residents and businesses to get a steer on the phases of improvements in relation to their own premises. This information will be updated with any changes as the detailed work progresses.
All information is always available on Hampshire Broadband Programme website .
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