Four rural areas have been selected to pilot superfast broadband.
Four rural areas that include some of the most remote and geographically challenging parts of the UK have been selected to pilot the next generation of high speed broadband.
Each area will be allocated around £5-10m from a total of £530m funding announced yesterday to support the roll-out of broadband between now and 2015 to areas that the market alone will not reach.
Parts of Cumbria, the Highlands and Islands, North Yorkshire and the Golden Valley in Herefordshire will all be connected at speeds only usually found in densely populated urban areas, the Chancellor announced in yesterday’s Spending Review. The pilot exercise will help establish the commercial costs and challenges involved in rolling out superfast broadband across the UK.