UK Rural Broadband Plan Soldiers On

May 27, 2011 -

Plans for expanding broadband infrastructure in select rural areas throughout Britain are continuing, according to a BBC report. The government said this week that Devon, Somerset, Norfolk and Wiltshire residents will soon have access to "super-fast broadband." Making sure rural areas have access to broadband is part of an initiative to make sure the UK is at the forefront of internet broadband by 2015. Each county in the country will reportedly receive part of a £530m fund the government set aside to fund rural broadband. While government spending on expanding broadband is important, funding the private sector is also vital.

The Department for Culture tells the BBC that all the UK's local authorities will receive funding in the next couple of years.

"This is part of our plan for virtually every community in the UK to have access to super-fast broadband," said culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The money is not enough to cover the whole cost of expanding broadband through the entire country, the government admits.

Devon and Somerset will receive around £30 million, Norfolk will get right around £15 million, and Wiltshire will get about £4 million. Localities decide who will build up their broadband infrastructure and what technologies will best fill the needs of its residents. Wiltshire County Council has already pledged to spend £16 million on broadband services across the county.

Source: BBC


 
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