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Broadband Boost for Remotest parts of UK

Broadband Boost for Remotest parts of UK

The government has provided £440m to enable 600,000 more premises to gain access to superfast broadband.

The cash has come from “efficiency savings” and money returned by BT as part of the government’s flagship broadband rollout scheme.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said the funds would help to bring faster speeds to homes and businesses in some of the most remote parts of the UK.

Back in 2010 the government paid BT to roll out superfast broadband in hard-to-reach areas where providers said it was not cost effective to install broadband infrastructure.

The agreement stated if more than 20% of premises in those areas bought superfast broadband BT had to repay some of the subsidy.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said on average the take-up has been 30.6% leading to a forecast repayment of £292m. 

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