About the project

Improving Hampshire’s broadband

Improvement of broadband is a priority for the County Council and we are investing a combined total of £28.4m of public funds to increase coverage from 80% to more than 95% of premises across Hampshire. The commercially funded rollout of superfast broadband, conducted by BT and Virgin, will reach around 80% of premises. The Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme has built on this and extended coverage to 90% of premises at the end of 2015. We have plans in place to reach more than 95% of premises in the county by September 2018.

Digital infrastructure is important to the viability and long-term sustainability of rural communities. Our investment will reach communities that have been left out of national broadband plans; service providers invest in more densely populated neighbourhoods, where there are greater numbers of people to use their services.

What factors will influence the rollout schedule?

The roll out schedule is designed to reach the most premises in the shortest possible time. It works on a value for money basis, meaning we will use our funding to upgrade as many homes and businesses as we possibly can. Rollout also depends on other factors including the nature of the existing network, whether a broadband cabinet is already there or not and population density. Hampshire County Council and BTOpenreach co-ordinate with other utilities to bring the least possible disruption to communities. 

What's happening in my area?

To find out more about delivery plans for your area, please visit the hompage of our website and enter your postcode into the green postcode checker box on our homepage

How is the programme funded?

Wave 1 of the programme was funded by central government, Hampshire County Council, District and Borough Councils. This first wave of the programme extended superfast broadband coverage from 80% to 90% and was completed in March 2016.

Wave 2 of the programme is on track to extend coverage to 97.4% of premises by the end of 2019. It is jointly funded by Hampshire County Council, the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and contributions from District and Borough councils. The table below provides a detailed breakdown of the funding sources to date.

Target

Hampshire County Council Funding

District and Borough Council Funding

Central Government Funding

BT Funding

Total Funding

Wave 1
upgrade from
80% to 90%

 

£3.75m

 

£1.25m

 

£5m

 

£3.8m

 

£13.8m

Wave 2
upgrade from 
90% to 97.4%


£9.2m
 
£9.2m

£3.8m

£22.2m


Total Funding

 
£12.95m


£1.25m


£16.4m


£7.6m

 
£38.2m

 

During the project we have also secured an additional total of £2.2m from DCMS to increase superfast broadband coverage beyond the original scope of the programme. £1.2m of that funding was invested in a special innovation project to fill the gaps in some of the more remote areas of the county. This was carried out with the alternative broadband supplier, CallFlow. Find out more on our dedicated webpage, here.

What if I get really slow broadband - less than 2Mbps? 

The UK Government is offering a Basic Broadband Subsidy scheme to support people living in properties that have fixed line connections offering speeds below 2Mbps, who are not due to be upgraded any other way in the next 12 months. You can read more about and apply for the Better Basic Broadband scheme here.

 

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