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  • "Having broadband speeds of between 780KBs to 1.7MBs (it varies a lot) does make things difficult. My mum has offered to buy my oldest a laptop to do his homework on but to be able to use the school's website he'd have to be downstairs and no one using the main computer anyway (totally avoiding the point of the laptop). Streaming TV through the computer is often impossible- if I use iPlayer it can mean no one else can use the internet until its finished downloading the program (and it can only be watched that way most of the time). Finding telephones difficult to use I rely heavily on email and more and more you are expected to be able to get online by schools and so on."
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Superfast broadband to be rolled out across Hampshire and Southampton

First published in Romsey

SUPERFAST broadband will be rolled out across Hampshire and Southampton over the next three years after the councils' funding bid was given the green light.

Ministers have allocated funding to provide 90 per cent of homes and businesses with access to a superfast service, while speeds of at least 2 Mbs (Megabits per second) will be available everywhere.

All councils were given the chance to apply for the cash, but had to complete a ‘Local Broadband Plan’ to get funding.

The county council won a £5m share of the £8.4m pot set aside for the region, including Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. The money from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has to be matched by council and private finance.

At present, about 50,000 households and nearly 7,000 businesses across Hampshire are in broadband “not spots” with very slow broadband of speeds of 2Mbs or less.

The contract for the commercial partner is expected to be awarded in December this year with a three-year implementation programme completed by the end of 2015.

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