Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

01 JUN 2013

Rural broadband

The Government's Rural Broadband Programme is now connecting some 10,000 premises every week but if that doesn't include you it can feel anything but superfast.

Good job then, and contrary to some unhelpful comments in recent weeks, Hampshire's superfast broadband project is on track to ensure at least 90% of premises have access to superfast broadband by the end of 2015.

Steve Brine says; "Following the publication in September 2013 of the National Audit Office report 'The Rural Broadband Programme,' and some less than accurate media reports, some of my constituents may feel we're never going to get superfast in Hampshire whereas infact, ours was one of the nine local authorities referenced in the report that remains on track."

The programme team of Hampshire County Council and BT, supported by district and borough councils, is currently refining the plan that will see at least 90% of all premises having access to broadband capable of SuperFast speeds (24Mbps+) by 2015. HCC have also confirmed that plans and funding are in place to deliver speeds in excess of 2Mbps to the 3,500 premises in Hampshire that will remain below this speed by 2015.

The first premises in Hampshire to benefit from the Hampshire Broadband Programme are due to go live in January 2014.

Steve Brine is positive; "As the local MP I'm going to focus on the facts and continue to work with the County Council and BT to focus ruthlessly on the remaining not-spots in my constituency.  The superfast broadband pledge remains a key part of coalition policy and we intend to deliver on it for my constituents."

Problem areas in Steve Winchester constituency still include; South Wonston, Old Alresford and Colden Common.  If you wish Steve to take up your case, please email steve.brine.mp@parliament.uk 


More information ...

You can find out more about the Hampshire Broadband Programme and register your interest - www.hants.gov.uk/broadband

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