The only thing streaming in some of the UK's more remote areas are the tears of those still left longing for a decent broadband connection. But, with the help of a new government initiative, eight companies may finally be able to bring countryside web surfers up to speed.
£10 million is to be shared out between the companies. AB Internet is looking to take fibre-optic broadband over Wi-Fi to Wales and received £847,650, while Airwave will attempt to do the same for North Yorkshire for £1,564,600 and Quickline to bring the same to North Lincolnshire for £1,564,600. Avanti has received 3885,640 in funding to test 30Mbps satellite broadband in Northern Ireland and Scotland, with Satellite Internet awarded £175,125 to do the same for Somerset and Devon. Call Flow, Cybermoor and MILL have received £1,194,145, £449,997 and £957,900 respectively to set up hybrid fibre-optic and fixed wireless networks in the Hampshire, Northumberland and Kent regions.
The government's BDUK department is hoping to have 95 per cent of the UK set up with a decent broadband connection by 2017, with the remaining five per cent expected to be served by the proposed satellite connections. [Gov.uk via TechRadar]