Government offers £10m superfast broadband fund for remote areas

The government is offering telecoms suppliers a £10 million fund to help test and deliver "innovative" superfast broadband technologies to remote communities.

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The government is offering telecoms suppliers a £10 million fund to help test and deliver "innovative" superfast broadband technologies to remote communities.

The government is aiming for 95 percent of the UK population to have superfast broadband by 2017, and it says it's now moving its focus on the hardest to reach areas in the UK.

The £10 million fund will enable a range of pilot projects to be undertaken across the UK, the government said.

Suppliers can submit bids in three different categories covering technology, operating models and financial regimes - including public/private investments.

Culture secretary Maria Miller said: “The rollout of superfast broadband is already reaching more than 10,000 homes every week but now we need to focus on the hardest to reach communities.

"These pilots will be instrumental in helping us understand how to overcome the challenges of reaching the most remote areas of the UK, and I hope to see a wide range of suppliers coming forward with innovative proposals.”

BT has previously won all the rural broadband funding from government so far, totalling over £1 billion from central government and local government.

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