Investment boost of £4.15 m for rural broadband in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

The Connecting Cambridgeshire project has secured a funding boost of £4.15 million. The project is working with Openreach to provide fixed line 24 Mbps+ capable superfast broadband network from 96% now to increase to 99% by the year 2020 for bringing rural business connectivity.

UK Government’s Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme is supporting with this additional funding to provide support to 700 hardest to reach rural SME businesses where there are no services of super fast broadband.

This extra boost is beyond the investment of £5.6 m from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority & £4m from the Government’s new LFFN programme in recent.

Chair of the Economy and Environment Committee – Cllr Ian Bates, said that

It is great news that Connecting Cambridgeshire programme has got government funding of £4.15m to help rural businesses. This extra funds will help to execute the plans of providing superfast broadband coverage to 99% in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by the year end 2020. Hence the remote rural areas wil get benefited with superfast broadband.

Rural Affairs Minister – Lord Gardiner said that rural areas should not suffer with slow network connectivity by bringing high speed broadband to help. The funding under this programme makes rural communities & businesses to get access to broadband of minimum 30 Mbps in most hard to reach places.

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