Broadband roll-out to benefit thousands

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SUPERFAST broadband is set to come to thousands of homes across Hampshire under the next phase of a scheme.

The £18.4m second ‘wave’ of the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme will be put into place between January next year and September 2018 and will connect between 7,000 and 9,000 homes.

Hampshire County Council leader Councillor Roy Perry said the roll-out would provide a boost to the county.

Cllr Perry said: ‘This is great news for Hampshire.

‘Once this stage is complete, we will have reached our initial target of ensuring 96 per cent of Hampshire’s homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband.

‘Our programme has, so far, provided an extra 72,000 premises with access to superfast broadband.

‘These locations that would not have been covered by the commercial market.’

Take up of the superfast broadband is currently at 21 per cent across the county.

To upgrade, people need to check with their internet service provider and find the best deal for their needs.