It seems that there was a whole array of technologies that might
be deployed in rural Hampshire, which could potentially minimise
the digital divide in the area.
The leader at Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber,
said that services such as Wi-Fi, satellite as well as mobile
broadband might be the key to getting more people using the
According to him, rural residents could potentially be given a
wide array of choice when it came to internet service providers
He was quoted as saying:
"Broadband allows people to work and run businesses from
home and increases access to education, employment and
"We want to see an end to this digital divide whereby an
urban housing estate gets super-fast broadband but a rural village
just half a mile away gets little or no internet access."
Nevertheless, according to the Councillor, rural communities
will need to demonstrate their interest in broadband by proving
that they were ready to cough up payments for both monthly charges
as well as one-off set up fees.
Hampshire County Council said that there were more than 112,000
people and 3,400 enterprises with dissatisfactory broadband
services in the area.