Treasury to invest GBP 10 million on innovative broadband solutions

The Treasury is set to invest GBP 10 million worth of funding testing innovative technologies to help deliver superfast broadband services to remote areas across the UK. The competitive fund will be available as of 2014, but so far there have been few eligibility criteria released.

The Treasury is specifically looking for ‘innovative solutions’ to deliver services to the ‘difficult to reach’ places in the UK. The statement said: “Options may include enhanced mobile services, new fixed technologies and alternative approaches to structuring financial support, working closely with the communications industry.”

Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, said:  “We believe everyone should have access to the opportunities the internet offers. Especially with more and more of our lives and our jobs – perhaps even our democracy – moving online. That’s why we’ve decided to open – as part of this update – a new £10 million competitive fund…which will market-test the kind of bold and inventive solutions that could deliver broadband to the most difficult to reach parts of the UK. No area – no matter how remote – should be left behind.”


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