UK Government committed to invest additionally £45m to improve rural broadband

The UK Government has announced that they have committed an additional amount of £45 million under Rural Development Programme for England to execute Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme. The RBIS was set up to provide building of new superfast broadband network capable of 30+ Mbps in the poorly served rural areas to help the rural communities and businesses.

The original investment of £30 million was funded last year and adding the current additional investment is totalling to £75 million. These funding is a part of wider plan with an investment of £3.5 billion in the rural areas by the year 2020 to support the businesses in the countryside.

Rural Affairs Minister – Lord Gardiner has recently confirmed that one of the local authorities – North Yorkshire, is part of it to get funding under this scheme with a grant of £11 million. But there is no full details about it.

He added that he is happy to announce that the grant of £11 m has been granted to North Yorkshire for improving its broadband network infrastructure. The rural areas could overcome slow connectivity issues with high speed broadband. Such funding from Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme will enable countryside rural communities and businesses to become champions by getting access to superfast broadband of minimum at 30 Mbps speeds at very remote areas.

The Rural Payments Agency will deliver the Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme to provide support rural areas of hard to reach that are not availed to get connectivity under any of commercial plans or from Broadband Delivery UK programme that expects to extend access to 97% of premises in the UK with superfast broadband in the next few years. One important and interesting thing is that wherever possible the funding should be used to support FTTP networks.

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