Join our superfast nation
Posted on Monday December 22 2014 by
Homes and businesses in Hampshire are being encouraged to sign up for Superfast Broadband. This comes as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the benefits faster internet speeds can bring.
Superfast Broadband is already available in 78 per cent of the UK. This total is growing all the time and here, in Hampshire, the programme funded by the County Council and its partners has made faster internet speeds available to more than 26,000 extra homes and businesses over the last 12 months. But latest figures show that many people are not aware whether they can get Superfast Broadband where they live, or know what they need to do to take up the service.
The public sector is investing £1.7 billion in the UK's digital infrastructure so that 95 per cent of businesses and homes across the UK will be able to access superfast broadband. In Hampshire, the County Council and its partners will be investing more than £26m in total.
As more people sign up and make use of the new fibre network, BT, who are contracted to provide the infrastructure, has to return money back to the public sector. This money can be reinvested back into Hampshire's Superfast programme to extend services even further. The sooner people take up the service, the sooner that money will come back.
Check if Superfast Broadband is available for your home or business.
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: "The rollout of superfast broadband across Hampshire creates exciting opportunities for us all. Many of the services we use are now done online from the explosion of online shopping to online streaming services.
"Every £1 we spend will see a £20 return on economic benefits, which is why we are leading an ambitious programme to rapidly expand Superfast Broadband access, to near universal coverage of homes and businesses in Hampshire. So now's the time for residents and businesses to explore whether they can receive Superfast Broadband and reap the rewards it can bring."
Research shows that UK homes are getting more connected, with the average number of digital devices in the home increasing rapidly. Superfast broadband can help meet the need to operate computers, tablets, set top boxes and smartphones at the same time, and help users to enjoy the options of working at home, running a small business or catching up on favourite TV programmes and films.