Cash boost for superfast broadband

NEWS: News.
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A further boost to help bring superfast broadband to rural areas such as the Isle has been announced.

The extra £250 million, just announced by the Government, is for superfast broadband to help with business start-up and job creation in hard-to-reach areas.

The move is “a very welcome boost to rural communities” said Countryside Alliance executive chairman Sir Barney White-Spunner (above).

He continued: “Superfast broadband provision in the countryside lags significantly behind that in urban areas. Efforts to resolve this imbalance should be praised.

“The Government estimates that fast broadband will create 56,000 more jobs in the UK by 2024. We want to ensure that as many of these positions can be filled by people living in rural areas as is possible.

“Working online means that businesses do not have to be based in, or close to, big cities, but ironically this facility is not currently available to many of those living in the countryside.”

The £250 million announced by Culture Secretary Maria Miller is in addition to the £1.2 billion pledged by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to ensure 95 per cent of the population has access to fast broadband by 2017.

This funding will be offered to local authorities, on a match-funding basis, to fund local initiatives.

An Isle roadshow to explain the benefits of superfast broadband begins on March 13 at Ealand Victory Hall, from 12.30pm to 1.30p, and on the same day at New Generation Park car park, Keadby, from 2.30 to 4pm.

Further dates are March 19 at the Dog and Gun car park, East Butterwick from 3 to 5pm, March 21 from noon to 3pm at the Homes and Gardens Garden Centre, Epworth, and March 25 at Owston Ferry car park from 10am to noon.