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UK Government to Prioritise Superfast Broadband Internet for Rural Areas

Posted: 25th May, 2010 By: MarkJ
uk mapThe Lib/Con coalition's Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, has officially stated that the government will "prioritise the roll-out of broadband to rural neighbourhoods", thus effectively adopting an 'outside-in' approach to superfast fibre optic internet access development around the country.

Spelman also plans to go one step further by calling UK broadband internet service providers (ISPs) together for a major summit, which will seek to develop a plan for tackling the problem. However it is not yet known when this might take place.

Caroline Spelman told the Yorkshire Post:

"We know from the Rural Advocate's report earlier [Download the PDF] this year that a lack of broadband access is restricting the opportunities which exist for young people who live in the countryside. We know, too, this hampers the work of farmers in many areas and isolates many other groups. So we will prioritise the roll-out of broadband to rural neighbourhoods, bringing everyone the same benefits and opportunities of digital technology which so many of us already enjoy."

It's promising to see a firm direction beginning to take shape, although the announcement was perhaps to be expected. BT already plans to cover 66% with its fibre optic based broadband services, while Virgin Media can already reach half of the country with its predominantly coax cable platform. Needless to say that the remaining 30% (aka - The Final Third) is often made up of remote and rural locations, with a few suburban exceptions.
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