Cash boost to connect furthest reaches of UK to superfast broadband

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22nd December 2016

Around 600,000 homes will benefit from a £440m boost to help them get connected to superfast broadband, the Government has said.

Experts noted that not all the cash was new money
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The cash will come from £150m in “efficiency savings” plus returned subsidies from BT as part of a deal encouraging the firm to roll out broadband to hard to reach areas.

Experts said the fund was not all “new money” but was “good news” regardless.

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Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said homes and businesses in some of the furthest corners of the UK would enjoy faster internet speeds as a result.

The Government did not set out a timescale for when the 600,000 will benefit, but it plans for 95% of UK premises to be able to buy superfast broadband by the end of next year.

Some £1.14bn to improve fibre broadband and on the development of 5G was announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in last month's Autumn Statement.