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10,000 rural premises a week to be connected to superfast broadband
25th September 2013 Connectivity, Matthew Cox
The government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced rapid increases to the provision of superfast rural broadband – targeting 10,000 new connections a week.
Starting at 10,000 a week, the announcement states that the number of new rural connections is set to continue growing over the coming months and years. Connections are targeted to grow to 25,000 a week by spring 2014 and reach up to 40,000 a week by summer 2014.
At this moment in time superfast broadband is available to approximately 100,000 additional premises as a result of work already completed in what is the 5th largest infrastructure project in government.
This announcement sets out clear expectations and targets for supplying superfast broadband to rural areas - making sure that both businesses and individuals in these areas aren't left behind while the rest of the UK advances.
Matthew Cox – Marketing Manager, Nomis Connections
Staying on track with superfast broadband
These targets are intended to be in keeping with the overall government target of having a superfast internet connection available to 90% of UK premises (businesses and households alike) by the end of 2015/early 2016.
While connectivity in urban areas has grown rapidly over past years, the government has often been criticised for the slower uptake of the project in rural areas – this statement is clearly designed to show commitment to rural broadband infrastructure and provide a road map for the project to follow.
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