Hants council chief says faster broadband is coming to Winchester

Friday, August 30th 2013
Winchester should soon benefit from faster broadband, a councillor has revealed.
Hants council chief says faster broadband is coming to Winchester
Progress is being made on a campaign to bring faster broadband to Winchester, according to a Hampshire County Council chief.

Councillor Jackie Porter revealed that an updated broadband plan should see speeds of at least 24Mbps rolled out to 97 per cent of homes and businesses in her ward - comprising the Itchen Valley, Kings Worthy and Alresford - over the coming years, reports the Southern Daily Echo.

In just two years' time, universal broadband coverage should be achieved across the county, although not every property will be able to enjoy the benefits of superfast connectivity by this point.

Addressing issues with BT's commercial superfast broadband rollout, Ms Porter said the telecoms giant's delivery strategy does not prove effective where rural communities are concerned.

"Following our campaign here, the county council really seems to understand the implication this time," she commented.

The first properties to benefit from the project, called the Hampshire Broadband Programme, are due to go live early next year.

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