Smannell Broadband update

For the past three years I have been working with local residents and council officers to bring quality broadband to Smannell and Little London. This project is now close to completion. I attach below the update on prgress recently released by the chair of the broadband group to the parish magazine.

“I am pleased to be able to tell you that we are on the last lap of the project to get better broadband to our parish. Hampshire County Council has appointed a supplier to carry out the work and they will soon go ahead in the next couple of months to set up the connections

This exciting new system will use the fibre optic link that already exists to Smannell School. Another new cable to the green telephone boxes in Little London will then be laid via a trench across Woodhouse Farm. Individual households can then be connected to the system using their existing BT phone line, but with a much increased capacity. This will use the same technology as BT Infinity which can deliver speeds of up to 40Mbps. Other areas in the parish will be connected by superfast wireless broadband. As for all broadband service providers speeds to individual properties may vary, depending upon distance, but we are confident that all residents will be able to enjoy a greatly improved broadband service.

The costs to residents who wish to have this service will be published soon, but should be about £25 per month, with a one off installation fee of about £50 There is also a high quality business package available.

I’m sure that you have many questions to ask, but I will to let you know more very soon once the practicalities have been planned in detail.

So 2011 will definitely be “The Year of Smannell Broadband”!

Margaret Henstock

Smannell Broadband Group

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