Broadband: Rural Areas

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 4th June 2020.

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Photo of Chris Loder Chris Loder Conservative, West Dorset

What steps he is taking to ensure that BT Openreach delivers improved broadband to rural areas.

Photo of Matt Warman Matt Warman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

My department works with a number of network operators to deliver improved broadband to rural areas. This includes Openreach and their work in West Dorset.

We are also working closely with Openreach and other operators to prepare our £5 billion “Outside In” programme, as announced in the Spring Budget.

This programme will focus on delivering gigabit-capable broadband to the hardest to reach premises in the UK, which are mainly in rural areas.

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