Hampshire Superfast Broadband rollout to reach another 10,500 properties
Phase four of the Hampshire Superfast Broadband rollout will bring the technology to thousands more homes and businesses.
Hampshire County Council has unveiled the fourth phase of its superfast broadband rollout, with a further 10,500 rural properties set to benefit.
Parts of East Hampshire, Winchester, Basingstoke and the New Forest are next in line to benefit from the partnership between BT and local authorities, which is aiming to bring fibre optic broadband within reach of at least 95 per cent of premises by the end of 2017.
Set to start this month and run until March 2015, phase four of the programme is due to reach 20 locations: Havant, Hayling Island, Liss, Petersfield, Alresford, Bransgore, Sopley, Burley, New Milton, Itchen Abbas, Hordle, Barton On Sea, Ringwood, Greatham, Ball Hill, Woolton Hill, Highclere, Headley, Kingsclere and Yateley.
The project is now at the halfway stage, with Hampshire County Council Leader Roy Perry revealing around 59,000 homes are due to be upgraded by the end of next year.
"Superfast broadband is increasingly important if local households and businesses are to make the most of the huge range of opportunities offered by the internet," he commented.
Peter Cowen, BT's Regional Partnership Director for the south-east, said: "This is excellent news for Hampshire and another important milestone for a partnership which is making real progress."
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