Hampshire Council wants legal powers for new-build superfast broadband

Hampshire County Council is requesting that the government give local authorities the powers to legally enforce the implementation of superfast internet as part of the planning process for new-build homes.

As part of its initiative, the council held a seminar and will be issuing information to buyers as to which new housing sites are providing superfast broadband on an online list.

Houses that have been recently been built, but lack appropriate internet speeds, could be retrofitted under the council’s multi-million pound rural superfast broadband programme.

Hampshire’s superfast broadband project is set to boost the total coverage in the county to 95% by the end of 2018, but with over 25,000 homes to be built in the next five years the authority is keen to push broadband as standard to all new houses.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said that the council’s seminar was a “great success, as it brought together developers and providers in the same room, to discuss collaboration on future developments.

It is from these early conversations that developers will be able to evaluate how superfast broadband can be installed and provided to home buyers.

With over 450 housing developments of all sizes in the pipeline, the County Council believes that developers, as well as residents would benefit if superfast broadband was widely available at new sites.

Developers are taking more and more steps in this direction, and we would like to see this happen at a faster pace. Therefore, we will encourage infrastructure providers to work with developers to ensure these services are there to meet public demand.”

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