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Internet: Rural Areas

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL2351, tabled on 9 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve internet coverage in rural areas; and to what timescale.

Answered on

18 March 2020

The Government’s manifesto set out its ambition to deliver nationwide gigabit-capable coverage by 2025. The Budget committed £5 billion to support the rollout of gigabit-capable broadband in the most difficult to reach 20% of the country, so that all areas are able to benefit. This builds on existing initiatives such as the Superfast broadband programme and £200 million Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme. We are currently engaging closely with industry, Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations to design this new programme.