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Broadband: Rural Areas

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Iain McKenzie Iain McKenzie Labour, Inverclyde

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps is she taking to improve the quality of broadband provision in rural areas; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

holding answer 6 September 2013

A total of £930 million, plus a further £150 million for the Mobile Infrastructure Project, of Government funds have been allocated to support broadband delivery. To date 38 local broadband contracts have now been signed under our rural broadband programme, representing over 95% of the total project funding allocations. 10 projects have already provided their first superfast broadband connections and delivery is now moving ahead across the country.

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