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Work underway to find broadband solution for Winchester villages
Residents in Winchester villages could be set to gain access to superfast broadband if a government-funded pilot scheme proves to be effective.Villages close to Winchester - including Owslebury, Lower Upham, Droxford and Curdridge - could be finally set to gain access to superfast broadband.
Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery commented: "There has been a considerable amount of understandable frustration from many of my constituents that superfast broadband is presently not coming their way by 2017."
However, the high-speed technology should hopefully now be arriving in these communities following the long wait to be connected, but local residents and businesses still may not be able to access the fibre network until an effective delivery solution is found.
To bring the superfast service to the final five per cent of UK premises - which these Winchester villages fall under - not set to be covered by other rollouts, the government is piloting a variety of alternative rollout schemes, with £10 million currently being spent on doing so. These include using 4G mobile signals and installing direct fibre connections, for example.
Fibre broadband has not yet arrived in these yet-to-be-connected communities either due to the small number of potential subscribers or because of the cost involved in delivering the technology there.