Hampshire County Council has approved a proposal that will bring superfast, fibre optic broadband to about 440 homes and businesses in the New Forest. They'll all get access to broadband connections with download speeds of at least 24Mb, thanks to the incoming upgrades to four local cabinets.
- 200 properties in East Boldre
- 90 properties in Burley
- 90 properties in South Gorley (near Fordingbridge)
- 60 properties in Brockenhurst
Councillor Mike Kendal said: "Superfast Broadband is crucial forthe future prosperity of the New Forest and Hampshire as a whole -helping pupils with homework, supporting businesses and helpingreduce social isolation by making it easier for people tocommunicate online.
"I'm pleased that we can now take forward these proposals andhelp bring faster internet connections to many more homes in theNew Forest, in future."
The Hampshire Superfast Broadband project is a joint effortbetween local councils and other stakeholders including NaturalEngland, New Forest National Park Authority, Verderers of the NewForest, and the Forestry Commission.
It has a goal to connect 97.4% of the county's premises by 2019- and it's currently sitting at around 92%, so expect a lot ofproperties to get superfast at some point soon if you haven'talready.
It's a sticky area to build broadband on, however, since so muchof it is rural forest.
The council is currently taking comments on the proposal upuntil 31 March, a which point it'll start work on therollout.