The next phase of Hampshire Superfast Broadband’s project - which aims to bring speedy broadband to as much as Hampshire as possible - is ready to get underway, injecting £7.8 million into the local infrastructure.
The scheme, which is a joint effort between Hampshire County Council, local investors, and providers, says it hopes to connect 10,000 more homes and businesses to speedy internet in this phase.
Two phases of the project have already been rolled out: the first phase connected up 59,500 properties, and the start of the second phase connected another 43,000 - though it expects that number will jump to 45,000 soon.
Superfast coverage in Hampshire was around 80% before the scheme started, but that's now jumped to over 90%. Over the next three years that ought to rise to 97.4%, Hampshire County Council says.
Councillor Roy Perry said: "We are committed to leaving no one behind… We recognise that this infrastructure is crucial for the future prosperity of the county which is why we're continuing to invest in this technology with our partners to support the local economy, help pupils with education and homework, and reduce social isolation by making it easier for people to communicate online."
He added that the next step is to approach local enterprise partnerships and secure more investments so the project can keep building.
BT, one of the providers involved in the rollout, is pleased with the announcement too. Regional partnership director Stacey King said: "Working with Hampshire County Council, we are able to bring high-speed fibre broadband to locations where the economics and engineering are more challenging. High-speed fibre broadband is increasingly important and this is a great opportunity."
For more info on what the scheme has done so far, and when your property might get fibre, take a look at the Hampshire Superfast Broadband website.
Source: Romsey Advertiser