Financial Help for Rural Broadband
More than £22m of additional funding is being invested into the UK Government's broadband scheme.
07:03 16 September 2020
The Government's Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme has received more than £22million funding to bring superfast and reliable broadband service to additional 250,00 hard-to-reach English homes and businesses.
The scheme subsidises the costs of building gigabit-capable broadband networks for areas that are often not covered by commercial broadband providers. Gigabit-capable broadband enables internet download speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second, which can download an entire HD movie in less than 30 seconds.
Businesses and communities are encouraged to apply for the vouchers in order to reap the economic and social benefits brought by new advances in technology. Minister for Digital Infrastructure Matt Warman said: "This government is determined to connect every home and business to the fastest speeds available from the Highlands to the Jurassic Coast.
"But we can only do this with collaboration at a local and national level so I'm delighted English councils have committed to pump more money into our voucher scheme to help rural communities get gigabit-speed broadband.
"A quarter of all properties across the UK can now access these fast and reliable speeds, and we have earmarked a further £5billion so rural towns and villages across the four nations can get the speeds they need to seize all the benefits of new technology."