Broadband: Rural Areas

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the Rural Community Broadband Fund initiative; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Applications under the Rural Community Broadband Fund have resulted in 22 projects, totalling around £13.5 million, both community and local authority led, for areas not in scope of the Government's mainstream superfast rollout programme. Of this, 17 local authority led projects have been developed totalling around £12.5 million and are due to be delivered as extensions to county council contracts under the main rollout programme. A further five community led projects have been contracted under the fund, representing approximately £1.15 million in grant funding. The fund is now closed.

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