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Broadband funding welcomed

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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A RURAL watchdog has said it welcomes a £10 million project that is set to fund ways of bringing broadband to remote rural areas.

Businesses and homes which currently suffer with slow internet speeds could soon see a better service, thanks to a Government cash pot which has been welcomed by The Countryside The ‘competitive fund, which was first announced in the chancellor’s Autumn statement last December, will open in early 2014 and be used to test broadband solutions aimed at people who live and work in the most difficult to reach parts of the UK.

The Government has pledged that 95 per cent of the UK will be connected to superfast broadband by 2017. The new fund aims to help the final 5 per cent not currently part of the £1.1bn national programme.

Sir Barney White-Spunner, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance said: “Businesses and every part of our lives are becoming more reliant on the internet and rural people need to get connected.

“We hope this fund will ensure the roll-out of broadband happens as swiftly as possible, and enable rural communities to compete economically and socially with their urban counterparts.”

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