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Broadband: Rural Areas

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 173005, tabled on 22 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Gigabit Project contracts will require the most remote locations to be connected first.

Answered on

9 April 2021

The proportion of low speed premises in an area has been a key factor in the phasing of Project Gigabit and we will prioritise delivery to low speed premises within contracts. The option for small ‘Local Supplier’ contracts within Project Gigabit provides additional flexibility in targeting hard to reach communities. We are also prioritising gigabit coverage to hard to reach areas by targeting premises that do not currently have superfast broadband through recently signed Superfast Programme contracts, benefiting over 390,000 premises.