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Hampshire Senate gets behind fast broadband
Wednesday 06 October 2010 12:15:50 by Andrew Ferguson

Hampshire Senate which is a voluntary partnership comprising of the County Council, district councils and other bodies is researching the possibility of creating a not-for-profit company to deliver super-fast broadband to the county. The aim being to target the parts of the county which are unlikely to see public sector roll-out of Next Generation Broadband services.

"Faster broadband speeds are vital for the ongoing growth of the county's economy. Research shows that there is a huge demand for improved speeds, but rural areas which make up over 85% of Hampshire, as well as many parts of our towns and cities, are still missing out on even the minimum levels, and this connectivity can often be the deciding factor for many businesses when choosing whether it's commercially viable to set up in Hampshire.

There is still some way to go before the benefits of faster broadband can be felt in many communities and if we decide that the only way to achieve this is by setting up a not-for-profit company, that's what we'll do. Using our collective might as the Hampshire Senate, we will be able to influence and negotiate better connections for households and businesses across all parts of the county."

Chairman of the Hampshire Senate, Councillor Ken Thornber

The Senate estimates that the number of properties in Hampshire not getting 2Mbps broadband is around 112,000 home and 3,400 businesses. The population of Hampshire is roughly 1.2 million, but if you include Portsmouth and Southampton this rises to 1.7 million.

So while no firm commitments or plans have been announced, it looks as if another county in the UK is gearing up to ensure business and residential broadband users are not left behind. More news can be expected after the next meeting which takes place before the end of the year.

Comments

Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
Excellent! Well done the Hampshire Senate. That's the way to do IT. Hope they don't fall for the Infinity scam. Build it yourselves and reap the rewards for your county instead of paying off the incumbent's pension scheme. JFDI.
Posted by digitaldales over 6 years ago
That's more like it. Communities doing it for themselves. Raise the bar though from the 112k homes not able to get the USO/USC and aim for Chattanooga. JFDI!
Posted by dogbark over 6 years ago
Why wouldnt you include Portsmouth and Southampton???
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
Probably because of the erroneous assumption that poor ADSL speeds are a rural phenomenon, and perhaps also partly because they have VM cable which - as I have found - isn't common in the county.
Posted by adagio over 6 years ago
@dogbark

Probably because they are unitary authorities and Hampshire CC cannot speak on their behalf.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
I'm loving this, it seems that every other week another council/county thinks "Well if they can we can" good on them. The only thing that concerns me with projects like this is how much choice the customer will have in terms of an ISP. But if they have very low or no speed at all at the moment they probably don't care about choice, for now anyway
Posted by FlappySocks over 6 years ago
Send them a thank you e-mail to give them support

joanna.richardson@hants.gov.uk
Posted by gr0mit over 6 years ago
I'm already doing a small wireless project in Basingstoke www.hiwifi.co.uk to cover the bits BT ingored with their FTTC. We just need it on a bigger scale...
Posted by Contax over 6 years ago
Maybe other councils should pay for cable to rural areas or subsidise VM to extend their network to rural areas and cut BT profits, after all they spend a fortune out of council tax to provide many other services to town and city dwellers that are not suitable for rural dwellers to use due to such poor public transport. They could charge ISP's for it's use, I know this would be passed onto users but cable in towns by BT are charged to all users, rural areas have no investment but have to pay in some cases (Plusnet) nearly double for old copper line use.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Contax - VM don't let other ISPs near their network. It's a monopoly...
Posted by AspieMum over 6 years ago
I look forward to what Hampshire Senate come up with & hope Rownhams excahnge will be covered by what they come up with. I'm under Hampshire and TVBC councils but my exchange may be under Southampton council and not Hampshire- I'm not sure where the boundaries are
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