Plans laid to improve broadband service

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THE leader of Hampshire County Council is taking steps to intervene in the broadband market in Hampshire to get more homes and businesses better connected.

Councillor Roy Perry is launching a programme called ‘Getting Connected’.

It will see improved connections to superfast broadband for residents on new estates that have not had broadband installed as part of BT’s commercial roll-out – and are not covered by the council’s multi-million rural programme in Hampshire.

It is estimated there could be as many as 5,000 premises already built on new developments in Hampshire where no planned commercial investment has been made.

The council is planning talks with developers and broadband providers to find a solution to ‘retro-fitting’ them.

It comes on top of the pledge the council made to work with councils, developers and broadband suppliers to make access to superfast speeds a requirement from the day the property is occupied on new developments.

Cllr Perry said: ‘I hope we can reassure these communities that we will have capacity to help and enable connectivity to Superfast Broadband services.’