Councillor calls for clarity on broadband

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A DEFINITIVE guide to the roll-out of superfast broadband across the county needs to be published, according to a county councillor.

Rob Humby, who represents Bishop’s Waltham on Hampshire County Council, has been asked by council leader Roy Perry to help with BT’s roll-out of rural broadband.

Cllr Perry said: ‘There are many rural communities who are unsure whether they are going to be included in the rural broadband roll-out.

‘My postbag has been full of letters from constituents who cannot get online and struggle with slow speeds. The problem is particularly acute for businesses and farmers.’

Last week, the managing director of Next Generation Access at BT Bill Murphy briefed county councillors on how the remaining phases of the superfast roll-out would be delivered.

He told councillors that 90 per cent of premises should be connected by the end of 2015.

Cllr Humby welcomed the progress but said he would like to see BT go further.

He said: ‘I want to see a definitive guide to the remaining roll-out published as soon as possible.

‘They have promised to come back to us in three months with the answers.

‘We will hold them to that promise.’