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New £45 million funding for the government’s Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme will see rural businesses and communities benefit from improved broadband access.
Adding to the £30 million investment announced last year, the money will be made available through grants to local authorities that have already applied for funding, in areas where broadband services at speeds of 30Mbps or faster are not available or planned.
Visiting North York Moors National Park, Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner announced that North Yorkshire is one of the local authorities to receive funding through the scheme with a grant offer of over £11 million.
He said: “I am delighted to announce that North Yorkshire has been awarded a grant of £11 million towards improving its broadband infrastructure. Rural areas should not be left behind in the connectivity slow lane, missing out on the opportunities high speed broadband can bring. The funding made available through the Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme champions our countryside communities and businesses by opening up access to broadband of at least 30 Megabits per second, in some of the most hard to reach areas.”
The Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme is delivered by the Rural Payments Agency and supports those rural areas which are not currently scheduled to receive broadband as part of commercial delivery plans or under the Superfast Broadband Programme.