Towns to get speedy broadband in scheme

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SUPERFAST broadband is coming to Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent.

Hampshire County Council yesterday revealed parts of the two towns are set to benefit from the fibre boost in January next year.

It comes as the authority starts the first phase of a scheme to get 24Mbps broadband to 90 per cent of homes by the end of 2015.

Cllr Roy Perry, leader of the council, said he wants to achieve 95 per cent by 2017.

He said: ‘Broadband is a key part of the county’s infrastructure.

‘It is hugely important to Hampshire in economic terms for the prosperity of businesses, the quality of life for residents and the quality of learning accessible to schools and universities.

‘That is why we have decided to go even further and extend the areas that will benefit from much faster internet connection speeds in future.’

The scheme has won praise from the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP.

The council and its district and borough partners, have invested £5m and was awarded the same figure from Broadband Delivery UK. BT is paying an additional £3.8m.