£8m available for fast broadband

Council leader Simon Letts.

Council leader Simon Letts.

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IT could be a £15m shot in the arm to improve much needed superfast broadband in rural Hampshire.

The county council is considering bidding for £7.69m made available by a government grant to improve broadband links.

But to take advantage of the money the county must pledge to match-fund it from its own coffers.

It is part of a total £8.7m fund for Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth councils, with less money made available to the cities because they already have good broadband links.

A county spokesman said council bosses had not yet decided whether to match the cash but would do so before the deadline in two months.

But Southampton City Council is unsure how much money it would potentially receive from the fund.

Leader Simon Letts said: “I would be surprised if we saw any of that money but any extra resources will always be welcomed and we would use it to improve wireless connectivity throughout the city. I have heard nothing from officers to indicate this money is coming to us.”

Superfast broadband makes streaming and downloading files at home much quicker and can also be used by businesses for video conferencing and improving efficiency.

The £8m is part of a £250m investment nationwide to boost start-up businesses and create more jobs, with 56,000 expected to be created by 2024.

Hampshire’s £8m fund is the highest in the south east.

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10:50am Thu 6 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

£8 available? Cheap at the price. Missing letter syndrome hits headlines.
£8 available? Cheap at the price. Missing letter syndrome hits headlines. OSPREYSAINT
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10:56am Thu 6 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
£8 available? Cheap at the price. Missing letter syndrome hits headlines.
Sorted.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: £8 available? Cheap at the price. Missing letter syndrome hits headlines.[/p][/quote]Sorted. OSPREYSAINT
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11:42am Thu 6 Mar 14

SilvanDryad says...

There may be £8m available, but a large part of Brockenhurst won't be getting any.
There may be £8m available, but a large part of Brockenhurst won't be getting any. SilvanDryad
  • Score: -1

2:51pm Thu 6 Mar 14

pix66 says...

Why waste it on broadband , why not give it to Thornhill and make it even prettier than it is with all the lovely flowers popping up and lush green grass .what a shame no where else looks like this all we get mud churned up on our sidewalks ....take a drive through sholing and harefield..
Why waste it on broadband , why not give it to Thornhill and make it even prettier than it is with all the lovely flowers popping up and lush green grass .what a shame no where else looks like this all we get mud churned up on our sidewalks ....take a drive through sholing and harefield.. pix66
  • Score: -3

3:30pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Outside of the Box says...

pix66 wrote:
Why waste it on broadband , why not give it to Thornhill and make it even prettier than it is with all the lovely flowers popping up and lush green grass .what a shame no where else looks like this all we get mud churned up on our sidewalks ....take a drive through sholing and harefield..
A lot of people took time to plant bulbs many years ago, so that hard work is now paying off, flower bulb/tuber multiply so you'll see more and more each year in the same place, #jealousy
[quote][p][bold]pix66[/bold] wrote: Why waste it on broadband , why not give it to Thornhill and make it even prettier than it is with all the lovely flowers popping up and lush green grass .what a shame no where else looks like this all we get mud churned up on our sidewalks ....take a drive through sholing and harefield..[/p][/quote]A lot of people took time to plant bulbs many years ago, so that hard work is now paying off, flower bulb/tuber multiply so you'll see more and more each year in the same place, #jealousy Outside of the Box
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4:20pm Thu 6 Mar 14

sotonboy84 says...

If any of that money was available to Southampton (if) then it's not even a something that Councillor Letts should be considering. Redundencies, cuts to services, reduced museum opening hours, trying to sell the art collection amongst other things – but we can find the money to match a grant to improve broadband in the city. What a joke. Priorities springs to mind.
If any of that money was available to Southampton (if) then it's not even a something that Councillor Letts should be considering. Redundencies, cuts to services, reduced museum opening hours, trying to sell the art collection amongst other things – but we can find the money to match a grant to improve broadband in the city. What a joke. Priorities springs to mind. sotonboy84
  • Score: -3

6:01pm Thu 6 Mar 14

pix66 says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
pix66 wrote:
Why waste it on broadband , why not give it to Thornhill and make it even prettier than it is with all the lovely flowers popping up and lush green grass .what a shame no where else looks like this all we get mud churned up on our sidewalks ....take a drive through sholing and harefield..
A lot of people took time to plant bulbs many years ago, so that hard work is now paying off, flower bulb/tuber multiply so you'll see more and more each year in the same place, #jealousy
I want asking you for an opinion actually , I was nearly expressing my opinion, hashtag , sad ****
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pix66[/bold] wrote: Why waste it on broadband , why not give it to Thornhill and make it even prettier than it is with all the lovely flowers popping up and lush green grass .what a shame no where else looks like this all we get mud churned up on our sidewalks ....take a drive through sholing and harefield..[/p][/quote]A lot of people took time to plant bulbs many years ago, so that hard work is now paying off, flower bulb/tuber multiply so you'll see more and more each year in the same place, #jealousy[/p][/quote]I want asking you for an opinion actually , I was nearly expressing my opinion, hashtag , sad **** pix66
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7:32pm Thu 6 Mar 14

forest hump says...

Government money? = taxpayers money = you and I. Absolutely disgraceful. The private sector should be funding this. They are the avaricious bas****s who fleece us all.
Government money? = taxpayers money = you and I. Absolutely disgraceful. The private sector should be funding this. They are the avaricious bas****s who fleece us all. forest hump
  • Score: 4

8:36pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

It'll all be wasted anyway so why bother? I live in New Milton town centre, 1 km from the LLU exchange and can only get a download speed of 0.46mb/sec after 10pm.
It'll all be wasted anyway so why bother? I live in New Milton town centre, 1 km from the LLU exchange and can only get a download speed of 0.46mb/sec after 10pm. Turtlebay
  • Score: 1

10:23pm Thu 6 Mar 14

The Mad Dog says...

Turtlebay wrote:
It'll all be wasted anyway so why bother? I live in New Milton town centre, 1 km from the LLU exchange and can only get a download speed of 0.46mb/sec after 10pm.
I live in Marchwood, 3 kms from our exchange (Totton) and get above 70mb/sec download speed all day. My upload is around 17mb/sec. Perhaps you should move, lobby the HCC on behalf of your council for some of this money or put you hand in your own pocket and get a better deal from your ISP.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: It'll all be wasted anyway so why bother? I live in New Milton town centre, 1 km from the LLU exchange and can only get a download speed of 0.46mb/sec after 10pm.[/p][/quote]I live in Marchwood, 3 kms from our exchange (Totton) and get above 70mb/sec download speed all day. My upload is around 17mb/sec. Perhaps you should move, lobby the HCC on behalf of your council for some of this money or put you hand in your own pocket and get a better deal from your ISP. The Mad Dog
  • Score: 1

12:26am Fri 7 Mar 14

jayjay80 says...

I live by the david lloyd in nursling, in an area not cabled by virgin and bt fibre and cant get more than 4mbit. The flats less than 50yds away are fibre ready both bt and virgin. Its very frustrating
I live by the david lloyd in nursling, in an area not cabled by virgin and bt fibre and cant get more than 4mbit. The flats less than 50yds away are fibre ready both bt and virgin. Its very frustrating jayjay80
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