Government reopens funding pot to drive rural broadband access

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The government is accepting submissions for rural broadband funding following the reopening of its GBP 20 million pot to promote broadband access in the UK. This will be the third round of bidding issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Internet minister, Ed Vaizey, said: “Communities in the remotest parts of England are just as keen to have superfast broadband as those in urban areas. This funding is available to help deliver all the benefits that come with superfast broadband to those businesses and homes that may otherwise have struggled for access to these levels of speed.”

The department has so far received around 80 submissions, and 52 were asked to submit more complete proposals. Only four projects have so far been given funding. The Tove Valley region of Northamptonshire received a GBP 117,000 grant, and projects in Cumbria and one in Rothbury have also been successful. The funding has yet to be finalised.

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