Hampshire signs second deal in broadband bid

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COUNTY bosses have signed a second deal with BT to bring superfast broadband to 34,500 homes.

Hampshire County Council is trying to make broadband available to homes that currently do not have it.

The deal means broadband will be available to an extra 34,500 properties.

At least 94,000 homes will now be able to access a speed of at least 24mbps.

The council wants broadband to reach 95 per cent of premises in Hampshire.

The authority and the Department of Culture Media and Sport are spending £18.4m, along with a further £3.8m from BT to reach the target.

Council leader Roy Perry said: ‘It’s good news for Hampshire that we have been able to push ahead with this significant project and ensure that more people and businesses will have access to superfast broadband services across the county.

‘This is crucial if Hampshire is to prosper, helping people get on with their day-to-day lives, whether it is running a business from home, doing their homework online, or shopping or banking via the internet as well as demonstrating that Hampshire is a good place to invest.

Bill Murphy, BT managing director of next generation access, said: ‘We’re pleased to have the opportunity to work with the council to further extend the availability of superfast broadband in the county.’