Hampshire County Council Decisions on Broadband
The latest report sets out the current Rural Gigabit Connectivity Voucher scheme administered by Building Digital UK (BDUK) and explains the rationale and details of a Hampshire top-up which would benefit rural Hampshire communities with poor broadband speeds.
Please see full the report for the latest update regarding the Hampshire Superfast Broadband programme, which includes information about contracts, gainshare and further funding.
The superfast broadband programme is on track to provide coverage for 97.4% of the region. The Director also highlighted the following key facts:
- c. 20,000 premises without access to superfast broadband
- USO (Universal Service Obligation) to offer minimum of 10Mbps by 2020
- The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR)
- Part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, proposes the changes that are needed to give the majority of the population access to 5G, connect 15 million premises to full fibre broadband by 2025, and provide full fibre broadband coverage across all of the UK by 2033.
- Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) to all by 2033
The combined number of premises reached by Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the superfast broadband programme to date is in excess of 99,000 premises. See the full report for further details.
Support has been approved by the Executive Member for Policy and Resources and Leader of Hampshire County Council to extend Superfast Broadband coverage to 98% of premises in Hampshire by the end of the programme. An additonal 8,500 premises across the county will be reached with additional funding from underspend in contract 1 and gainshare due to higher than expected take up. This coverage will reduce the number of premises without superfast broadband from approx 23,000 to approx 14,500.
Approval given by the Executive Member for Policy and Resources and Leader of Hampshire County Council for an increase in funding to maximise the benefits of the additional funding from Government and to meet the terms of the grant agreements with central government.
A report from the director of Culture, Communities and Business services to the Executive Member for Policy and Resources and Leader of Hampshire County Council on the progress of the programme's roll-out to reach 95% of the county with superfast broadband. An update was also provided on Call Flow solutions who are providing coverage to 1,750 premises across East Hampshire as part of the Government's Innovation Fund Trial. You can read more about this trial here.
A summary of the current situation of the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme and the emerging challenges and opportunities beyond the scope of the current programme was provided to the Executive Member for Policy and Resources and Leader of Hampshire County Council. The report indicated that the County Council will achieve its ambition to make high-speed broadband available to at least 95% of premises across Hampshire. The report set out a direction of travel to start the process of working to provide further improvements for the benefit of Hampshire residents and businesses.
A presentation to the Executive Member for Policy and Resources and Leader of Hampshire County Council on the progress of the programme's roll-out across Hampshire. The roll-out will achieve 90% coverage of Hampshire by the end of 2015.
Approval sought from the Executive Member for Policy and Resources and Leader of Hampshire County Council for the extension of superfast broadband services within Hampshire to 95% of premises, forming contract 2 or wave 2 of the programme. This approval will require a new procurement to be made under the existing BDUK framework and will also cover any required extension of the existing contract with BT. This is intended to increase coverage by more than 27,000 premises over and above the current delivery target.