Government Finds £440m to Help Connect the Last 5% to Superfast Broadband

By Gary Cutlack on at

The accounts of the Broadband Delivery UK scheme are about to be boosted by another larger chunk of government  and BT money, with an additional total of £440m coming its way to help bring "superfast" broadband connections to parts of the country still not covered by today's patchwork quilt of better connection possibilities.

This money is aimed at connecting the rural spots that are still not covered by the pledge to connect 95 per cent of UK premises to a "superfast" product -- meaning a 24Mbps speed -- by the end of 2017. If your remote, leaky, moss-covered exchange is still down as waiting for something to happen to lift your connection speed into double figures, this could help.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport says the money is coming from "efficiency savings and a clawback mechanism" that are generated by subscribers signing up to newly launched superfast connections, so it's not entirely new cash coming in.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: "Strong take-up and robust value-for-money measures mean £440 million will be available for reinvestment where it matters – putting more connections in the ground. This will benefit around 600,000 extra premises and is a further sign of our commitment to build a country that works for everyone." [GOV via BBC]

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