Winchester residents 'frustrated by broken broadband promises' header image

Published: 7th Oct 2013

Individuals living in rural parts of Winchester have become increasingly frustrated by broken promises regarding high-speed broadband rollout.

Residents were told by Hampshire County Council that they would enjoy 100 per cent broadband coverage by the end of 2015 and 97 per cent superfast connection by 2017 - but there has since been delays in communication, with people disgruntled to have received lots of apologetic emails on the matter, the Hampshire Chronicle reports.

Jackie Porter, Liberal Democrat councillor for Itchen, explained that while the council has sent out many letters and emails offering reassurances to residents, there does not appear to have been much action taken.

Ms Porter said: "I'm awaiting formal plans about how they're going to roll it out. I was promised I would see plans at the end of August and am still waiting for them."

Those who are still waiting for faster broadband speeds might instead choose to go with satellite broadband - an alternative that can be set up in just a matter of weeks after an order is made.