Regional funds to extend broadband use

A £30m package of regional funds aims to boost the delivery of fast internet services through broadband technology to all parts of the UK.

Douglas Alexander, the UK E-Commerce Minister, today announced a £30m package of regional funds to boost the delivery of fast internet services through broadband technology to all parts of the UK.

‘Broadband services will bring benefits to businesses and consumers alike. We are working to extend access to these services in every part of the UK. This funding will help stimulate action across the country,’ he said.

‘Today’s announcement marks the latest step as Government along with industry face the challenge of building a Broadband Britain.’

Regional Development Agencies and Devolved Administrations in the UK are being requested to put forward innovative schemes for the funds to extend broadband networks and the use of broadband by business and consumers.

Schemes are likely to include pilot projects to demonstrate the benefits of broadband and feasibility studies to identify action required to extend broadband use.

Funds have been allocated from a formula based on the number of UK residents who do not yet have affordable access to broadband services.

The UK presently has 160,000 broadband users with some 13 million homes connected to a BT broadband-enabled exchange.

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