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UK Seeking Bids to Test Rural Broadband Coverage Ideas

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The UK government has announced a tender for bids to improve rural internet access in the country.

A £10 million fund will enable a range of pilot projects to be run, as the Government seeks to include the most remote areas with internet access.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced today the fund was open for bids. She said the focus is shifting to the hardest to reach premises in Britain as the government's ambitious broadband programme is already on track to deliver superfast speeds to 95% of the UK by 2017.

Maria Miller said: "Government's rollout of superfast broadband is already reaching more than 10,000 homes every week but now we need to focus on the hardest to reach communities."

"These pilots will be instrumental in helping us understand how to overcome the challenges of reaching the most remote areas of the UK, and I hope to see a wide range of suppliers coming forward with innovative proposals."

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