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Funding news - 28/11/2017

Better Broadband Scheme Extended by One Year

A scheme to boost broadband accessibility for businesses in the hardest to reach places of the UK has been extended.

Established to help businesses struggling with the slowest broadband speeds in the UK, the Better Broadband Scheme has been extended for a further year, as announced by the Digital Minister, Matt Hancock.

The scheme provides a subsidy of up to £350 to enable access to an affordable basic broadband service to those who are unable to achieve broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps.

Announcing the extension of the programme, Matt Hancock said:

"Thanks to the UK Government’s rollout of superfast broadband, more than 94% of the UK can now access superfast broadband speeds and thousands more homes and businesses are being reached every week.

"There is still more to be done to get decent broadband to all and the Better Broadband Scheme helps people with the very worst broadband, to provide immediate assistance to those most in need. I’m delighted to say we are extending the scheme to help people in some of the most rural and hard to reach areas of the country."

Thousands of businesses and dwellings have already benefitted from the scheme, with subsidies that are worth over £3 million in total. Originally due to conclude at the end of 2017, the popularity of the scheme means that it will now be extended until the end of 2018.

Source: DCMS, 28/11/2017

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