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Hampshire could soon receive government funding that will allow it to install better services for those with poor ADSL provision.

Although the county was not chosen for an initial round of grants, officials have given the council positive feedback on its application, the Romsey Advertiser reports.

Currently, nearly 7,000 businesses and 114,000 houses have very slow broadband speeds, while some do not even have a connection.

The council will now meet with government agency Broadband Delivery to discuss when future support can be established.

Council leader Ken Thornber explained the county was "disappointed" not to have been chosen for the first round of grants.

However, he said he understands why Norfolk, Somerset, Devon and Wiltshire were selected as "these areas have even more rural and sparsely populated areas than Hampshire".

Elsewhere, Surrey County Council is now inviting bids for the provision of a reliable and superfast broadband network in the region by 2013.