William Eichler 14 September 2020

Government announces £22m rural broadband investment

Government announces £22m rural broadband investment image

More than £22m of additional funding is being invested into the Government’s broadband voucher scheme to boost broadband speeds in rural English shires and counties.

The additional funding for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme will mean that 250,000 English homes and businesses will be eligible for boosted funding from 17 English councils.

Gigabit-capable broadband enables internet download speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second (mbps) - enough to download a HD movie in less than 30 seconds and lay the foundations for 8K-quality video streaming and virtual reality online gaming.

‘This Government is determined to connect every home and business to the fastest broadband speeds available from the Highlands to the Jurassic Coast,’ said minister for digital infrastructure Matt Warman.

‘But we can only do this with collaboration at a local and national level so I’m delighted English councils have committed to pump more money into our voucher scheme to help rural communities get gigabit speed broadband.’

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