A SCHEME to give Test Valley villages faster broadband has begun as part of a £3 billion project. The first spades have entered the ground in Test and Dun Valley as Virgin Media launched its plans to roll out ultrafast broadband in the area. It follows a community campaign from Test Valley Need 4 Speed and West Tytherley Broadband Group, supported by Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes. The project will enable up to 4,000 premises across 12 villages to access speeds almost 200 times faster than current rates. The scheme is the first of its kind for Virgin Media and is part of £3 billion Project Lightning nationwide. Currently, rural villagers in the area get speeds that hit just 2mbs – less than five times what regulator Ofcom deems the necessary minimum. Now, thousands of homes and businesses in villages including Houghton, West Tytherley, Broughton, Michelmersh and Timsbury will reach speeds of up to 300mbs. Cate Bell, chairman of West Tytherley and Frenchmoor Parish Council, has fought for the faster speeds. She said: “This is the result of a huge community campaign, championed by several individuals across the area. We are thrilled that Virgin Media recognised the opportunity… Read full this story
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