Superfast broadband programme expands in Hampshire

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SUPERFAST broadband has been given a boost as a council announced it has switched on 100 enhanced cabinets so far.

Hampshire County Council has brought superfast broadband – a faster and more reliable service – to more than 23,450 premises.

Council leader Roy Perry said: ‘Switching on 100 enhanced cabinets is a great achievement for Hampshire as it has given many of our rural communities the ability to connect to superfast broadband services, but we are aware there is still a long way to go and for me the roll-out cannot go fast enough

‘Hampshire’s programme is helping to fill the gap in rural and hard-to-reach areas and aims to provide at least 95 per cent of all premises in Hampshire with access to superfast broadband.’

Nationwide 26 per cent of all connections are superfast, up from six per cent two years ago.

It is part of the government’s long-term economic plan, which began in 2012.

Cllr Perry said: ‘Reliable broadband services are important for the county’s economic prosperity and making sure as many people who live and work here have access to good broadband speeds – is a priority for us.’