£200 million pledged to improve rural broadband

The plan was announced as part of Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2018 Autumn budget. 

An extra £200 million will be invested into creating full fibre broadband networks in the UK’s hard to reach rural areas, the government has confirmed.   

The announcement came as part of the 2018 Autumn Budget where Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged to start with all of the primary schools who would otherwise never have access to these kinds of superfast speeds.  

Cornwall, the Welsh Valleys and a selection of towns and villages along the English/Scottish border will be among the first areas targeted, with many more to follow over the coming years. 

A voucher scheme will also be implemented so that nearby homes and businesses can enjoy the benefits of fibre broadband at a vastly discounted rate. 

This marks an opportunity for the government to test out the various different ways of rolling out fibre broadband so they can see which is the most efficient. 

“Through our modern Industrial Strategy it’s our ambition to have a full fibre Britain that is fit for the future,” said the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Secretary of State Jeremy Wright.

“By changing our approach and investing in the hardest to reach places first, we will ensure that the whole country can reap the benefits of full fibre broadband.”

The government hope to achieve full nationwide fibre coverage by 2033.

Source: Gov UK

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