Calls for broadband survey to be revealed

Sue Ball

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THE north of Portsmouth could benefit from a government grant to improve its high-speed broadband.

Residents in Port Solent, especially, do not have access to the service.

A pot of £8.42m is available to improve broadband connections in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, but the areas concerned need to prove they are affected.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt is calling on BT Openreach to make public a survey which shows where the ‘slow spots’ are in order to claim the money.

She said: ‘Hampshire has been given a wedge of money by the government to spend on the network in places that don’t get good access.

‘We’re trying to speed that process up so we’ve asked BT Openreach to let us access what their survey has revealed.

‘We want to know how poorly served Port Solent is compared to elsewhere, and whether we’ll be able to get some money to make it better.

‘But BT Openreach don’t want to reveal the information because they say it’s commercially sensitive.

‘I have just had a meeting with them about it and they’re going to go away and think about it a bit more.’

Superfast broadband is already available to residential houses, but older cables and demand can slow it down.

BT recently announced it would be rolling out fast ethernet connections to businesses in Portsmouth, helping them access the internet more quickly and efficiently.