UK Government Gifts £26m to Rural Uplands Areas via Ne

DEFRA has today announced a new £20 Million Rural Community Broadband Fund, which aims to deliver faster Internet speeds to rural areas and uplands hill farmers

The money will primarily focus on funding smaller scale broadband projects. £6m will be targeted towards the hill farmers with environmental stewardship schemes.

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport said:

The money, which will come from the Rural Development Programme (RDP) for England and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), will mostly focus upon funding smaller scale broadband projects. An additional £6m of the allocated funds will also be targeted specifically towards hill farmers for environmental stewardship schemes.

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, said: "This new fund will enable some of the most remote communities in England to bring broadband to their homes and businesses. Remote and rural areas have the most to gain from access to broadband but these are the communities currently missing out. The whole of the UK should be able to share in the benefits of broadband and we are determined to make this happen by the end of the Parliament."

The majority of the upland areas can be found in the north and south-west of the country and the term relates to topographically higher and economically disadvantaged farming communities.

Details of how to apply for the money will be released later in the year.

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