UK Government’s £440 million fund will bring broadband to rural areas

The UK’s Government have said a £440 million fund will give 600,000 rural households and businesses access to broadband.

£150 million will come from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, the rest will come from BT, the telecoms company struck a deal with the Government to provide rural areas with fast broadband speeds.

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has issued a press statement saying more than 1.5 million homes and businesses have already signed up for speedy broadband connections, under the programme.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, said: “Our Broadband Delivery UK programme is giving families and businesses in hard-to-reach areas the fast and reliable internet connections which are increasingly at the heart of modern life.

“Increasing take-up is a win-win-win, consumers get a better service, it encourages providers to invest, and when more people sign up in Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) areas, money is clawed back to pay for more connections.”

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