Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme: Latest Developments

New Website and Twitter Account

A new website for the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme was launched in July. The site features essential information for both businesses and residents, additional case studies from areas already reached by the programme, a price comparison tool and an innovative mapping solution. The content will be regularly updated to ensure easy access to information about the programme and up to date news on programme phases and developments.

The new map allows residents to instantly find out whether their postcode is covered by the current programme and when superfast broadband is likely to be available in their area. The map also features an outline of initial plans for each of the upcoming phases and the number of residents that registered their interest in each location. To find out more visit:
http://www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/ 

In addition, expanding on our communications with the 27,000 people who have registered with us on-line, the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme is now on Twitter. Residents can contact us directly using Twitter handle @superfasthants. 

Live Cabinet List Published

A list of the cabinets that have been ‘enabled’ with superfast broadband through the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme is now available. Residents can quickly find out if their local cabinet offers the upgraded service by following this link: http://www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/about-the-project/live-cabinets/

So far the list consists of 64 ‘live’ cabinets, which would otherwise be excluded from the commercial rollout. The list will be updated weekly, with new cabinets published as they become available.

Recent developments 

15,302 premises have now been reached in the rollout of the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme with 2,631 residents and businesses already signed up for the extra superfast broadband services made available through the initiative of Hampshire County Council and its partners.

Rural parts of Romsey, New Forest, East Hampshire and Basingstoke will be next to benefit from high-speed broadband speeds, as Phase 3 of the programme is set to provide access to an additional 11,000 homes and businesses between July and December this year.

New cabinets will be installed in parts of: Lockerley, Lymington, Milford-on-Sea, Brockenhurst, Sway, Liphook, Headley Down, Alton, Tisted, Selbourne and Herriard.

The ITT (Invitation To Tender) for the next procurement, extending the coverage of superfast services to at least 95% of the county, was released last week. The results, with more information on the areas that will benefit from the £18.4m joint investment from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and Hampshire County Council, will be available in the Autumn of 2014. New areas covered by this extra investment will be added to the interactive map at: http://www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/, as soon as they become available.

DCMS also awarded £1.2m from its £10m Innovation Fund to a trial testing a range of innovative hybrid engineering in Hampshire to help extend superfast broadband to some of the hardest to reach areas across the county. The location proposed by the company includes nearly 1,600 premises, which would otherwise not be guaranteed access to Superfast services. We expect to confirm more details in the next few weeks. 

For more information about the programme, please contact:

Hampshire Superfast Broadband Team
Culture, Communities and Business Services
Hampshire County Council
The Castle
Winchester
SO23 8UJ

Twitter: @superfasthants

 

Find out when Superfast Broadband is coming to your area

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