Click video. Poor Broadband speeds are affecting house prices and hampering business growth in rural areas across the Thames Valley, in spite of government efforts to help.
Slow broadband in rural areas is holding back business, according to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). Now, an Oxfordshire-based independent broadband company called Gigaclear, says it's specialising in providing fast services in places untouched by the major providers.
Estate agents say that house prices in some areas could suffer as a result of slow broadband. Hillier & Wilson report that property buyers are now making it a priority on their 'must-have' list, as more and more people work from home, and kids download homework from the internet.
Hampshire County Council, in partnership with BT, is set to deliver phase two of the Superfast Broadband Programme, to extend coverage of superfast services to an extra 8,000 homes and businesses.
From April to June, residents and businesses will be able to switch to superfast broadband in large parts of: Ashurst, Basingstoke, Cadnam, Downton, Fawley, Gosport, Hythe, Lee-On-Solent, Lockerley, Long Sutton, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Milford-On-Sea, Odiham, Overton, Romsey, Totton, and West Wellow.
Efficient partnership working with other local authorities has also meant that the programme team has managed to bring forward delivery of superfast services for the villages of Woodgreen and Braemore in the New Forest.
– Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry
We are making very good progress with our work to make superfast broadband speeds available to 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Hampshire by 2017. Hampshire County Council together with district and borough partners has already invested £5million into the overall £13.8 million project and the County has earmarked further investment of up to £9.2m to lever further funding to reach the 95% target. This is bringing internet services to people in the county's rural communities who would otherwise be left with limited access or none at all, because the commercial market will not reach them."
A £35.61 million project announced today is set to catapult Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire into the broadband fast lane.
Wiltshire Council, in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, has agreed a deal with BT which should enable 91 per cent of homes and businesses in the Wiltshire authority area 5 to have access to world class broadband speeds by the end of March, 2016.
Ten cities have been allocated a share of a £114 million broadband pot to transform them into "digital leaders", the Government has announced.
But none of the region's cities are set to benefit from the cash.
London is to receive £25 million, while Leeds and Bradford will get £14.4 million, Belfast £13.7 million and Manchester £12 million.
Other cities to share the funding are Bristol (£11.3 million), Cardiff (£11 million), Edinburgh (£10.7 million), Birmingham (£10 million) and Newcastle (£6 million).
Culture Secretary and Basingstoke MP Maria Miller said the investment would help provide businesses with ultra-fast broadband of at least 80 to 100Mbps.