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Over half a million rural homes to receive Gigabit boost

Paul Lipscombe
October 29, 2021

The investment aims to level up Britain’s hardest-to-reach areas

Over half a million rural homes and businesses will receive a broadband boost as part of the government’s £5bn Project Gigabit.

An estimated 567,000 homes in hard-to-reach places across Cheshire, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Essex, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, East Riding and North Yorkshire are in line to benefit.

Project Gigabit is the biggest broadband rollout in UK history and is poised to level up areas across the country with future-proofed connectivity for the next 40 years.

Most of these gigabit-capable connections will be delivered via full fibre broadband cables.

Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “The latest stage of our £5 billion Project Gigabit plan will help hard-to-reach homes and businesses out of the broadband slow lane and plug them into the fastest and most reliable connections available.

“This investment is levelling up in action – building new internet connections in our rural communities so people have the speed, reliability and freedom to live and work flexibly, and take advantage of new technologies.”

This investment follows an £8m cash injection that was announced by the Chancellor at Budget, to boost rural areas in Scotland. This will cover 3,600 premises in Aberdeenshire, Angus, the Highlands, Moray, and Perth and Kinross.

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