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A number of different broadband technologies could be used to narrow the digital divide in rural Hampshire, it has been suggested.

Councillor Ken Thornber, leader at Hampshire County Council, suggested that solutions such as wireless, mobile and satellite could be used to get more people online in the countryside.

He added that rural residents could also be given "a wide choice" of internet service providers.

"Broadband allows people to work and run businesses from home and increases access to education, employment and leisure," he stated.

"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."

Councillor Thornber said it would be necessary to prove that families, businesses and communities in rural areas want faster broadband and are willing to pay a one-off connection charge and then the monthly charge required.

According to Hampshire County Council, there are at least 112,000 people and 3,400 businesses with sub-standard broadband in the county.

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