Welcoming the great news on superfast broadband

I have welcomed news that 96.6 per cent of premises in Fareham now benefit from superfast broadband. 

This has been delivered as part of the Government’s drive to extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of UK premises by the end of 2017.

Data released yesterday confirms this target has been met. More than 19 out of every 20 UK homes and businesses now have the opportunity to upgrade their internet connections to superfast speeds of 24 Mbps or faster.

Over the last five years, the Government’s rollout of superfast broadband has made superfast speeds a reality for more than 4.5 million homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out. As well as delivering everyday benefits to families, such as easy access to information and convenient ways of staying in touch, better broadband also equips businesses with the digital infrastructure they need to expand and compete in today’s digital age.

Access to superfast broadband is great news for families and businesses in Fareham which can now get a quicker internet and better quality connection. This means we can all use the internet faster and more easily, whether that means businesses reaching new customers, or parents doing the weekly shop.

But there is more to do here in Fareham. There have been problems, particularly in the Whiteley area, of very poor speeds and connection. We must ensure that everyone shares in the benefits of superfast broadband.

By investing in the things that improve people’s day to day lives we will build a Britain that is fit for the future.