Broadband: Rural Areas

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 7th March 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to announce the next steps for the Rural Gigabit Connnectivity programme.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The £200 million Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme, announced in Budget 2018, will trial a model for full fibre to public buildings - starting with primary schools - which will act as hubs in rural areas, alongside vouchers for funding gigabit-capable connectivity to homes and businesses across the UK.

An announcement on the launch of the programme will take place in Spring 2019.

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