The LEADER of Hampshire County Council wants the county to be in England’s ‘premier league’ for Broadband access.
Cllr Roy Perry says Hampshire can go beyond the Government’s new target of 24 Mbps for 95 per cent of premises by 2017.
He described the multi-million pound investment as one of the ‘most significant the county council would make in its lifetime’ and a ‘lasting but one-off investment that would benefit all residents.’
At the meeting of the full council in Winchester, Cllr Perry announced that he had asked the chief executive to begin preparations to further extend the proposed coverage and to identify how the county council could improve things further.
The council has already invested £5m in the project and was awarded the same figure from Broadband Delivery UK.
Cllr Perry said: ‘My cabinet colleagues and I feel we need to do more.’