Residents and small businesses in the Hampshire area who have slow or no broadband access are being sought by the County Council as part of its broadband project. The Council is looking for an initial 10 to 15 homes or businesses to evaluate alternative broadband technologies, with a grant of up to £300 available.
Bentley Walker who are based in Hampshire has been selected as a supplier for the TooWay satellite broadband service, which can supply an up to 18 Mbps connection with no reliance on land based copper or fibre.
"As councils and internet providers have pushed forward to build the UK’s Superfast broadband network, it has become clear that fibre optic services are not financially or physically viable for some of the more rural areas.
We are honoured to be working alongside our local council to help find a solution suitable for everyone. We are lucky to have a forward-thinking council in Hampshire who have identified the realistic issues with fibre optic rollout and kept an open mind towards services like Tooway and Satellite Broadband."Neil Robinson, Business Development Manager of Bentley Walker Ltd
ADSL based solutions like BET appear to be excluded, as ADSL is excluded from the trials, and BET will only stretch to speeds of 2 Mbps anyway. Other technologies than satellite are being considered, including mobile broadband and fixed wireless.
For those wanting to apply for a grant or just find out more visit the Hampshire Council's broadband pages, or alternatively write to the following address stating your full address and postcode: Alternative Broadband Pilot - Grant Application, Broadband Project Team, c/o Three Minsters House, 76 High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UL