Hampshire to receive £1m to improve broadband

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ALTERNATIVE ways of improving superfast broadband coverage in Hampshire will receive a £1m boost.

The government announced eight innovative projects costing £10m on Thursday.

Hampshire will receive £1m to test alternative ways of boosting the service in rural areas.

Campaign group the Countryside Alliance welcomed the news. Head of policy Sarah Lee said: ‘We have always said that a mix of technologies, rather than fixed-line broadband, would answer the question of how to provide superfast broadband to the final five per cent of homes and businesses in rural areas.’

She added: ‘By using a variety of means - including wireless and satellite provision - and investigating different ways to fund these projects, we hope the government will find the key to improving broadband.’