Broadband: Finance

Treasury written question – answered on 30th October 2018.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding his Department plans to allocate to the provision of ultra-fast broadband in each region of the UK in each of the next two years.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

The government has committed over £1 billion to stimulate the market to build the next generation digital infrastructure the UK needs for the future. At Budget 2018, the government announced £200 million from the National Productivity Investment Fund to pilot innovative approaches to deploying full fibre in rural locations. This follows previous commitments, including the £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, the £67 million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme and the £190 million Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund, of which the remaining funds will be allocated to successful bidders in the coming months.

The government has also identified around £200 million within the existing Superfast Programme that can further the delivery of full fibre networks.

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