SUPERFAST broadband is regarded as the fourth utility by homebuyers, according to a council which is urging developers to work together to provide top speeds in all new developments.
Hampshire County Council’s Superfast Broadband programme aims to see at least 95 per cent of the authority’s existing premises access broadband speeds of over 24megabits/sec by 2018.
the council believes that developers, as well as residents, would benefit if superfast broadband was widely available at all new sites.
But with more than 25,000 new homes planned in the county in the next five years, the council is keen to see superfast broadband offered in new homes as standard.
A seminar held by the council in Winchester highlighted to housing developers, industry representatives and people involved in the sale of properties, how important internet speeds are to new home buyers.
The authority is asking government to give district councils clear legal powers to insist, as part of the planning process, that superfast internet speeds are made available.
Council leader Roy Perry said: ‘With over 450 housing developments of all sizes in the pipeline, the council believes that developers, as well as residents, would benefit if superfast broadband was widely available at all new sites.’