UK to Tests Methods of Improving Rural Internet Access

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The UK government has awarded contracts worth 10 million to explore ways to take superfast broadband to the most remote and hardest to reach places in the UK.

Eight different projects using a range of technologies have been shortlisted to progress to the feasibility stage, ahead of deployment later this year.

With the Government's current nationwide rollout already reaching more than 20,000 new premises each week and on track to deliver superfast to 95% of the UK by 2017, Government is now focusing on exploring ways to reach those premises in the final 5%.

The eight shortlisted pilots will explore how to expand coverage in remote areas, using fixed wireless and satellite technologies, a social investment financial model and an operating model which aggregates small rural networks.

Chief Executive of Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA) Malcolm Corbett said: This is a very useful initiative and we are keen to help local authorities and INCA members learn from the trials. There is a huge amount of experience, professionalism and entrepreneurial enthusiasm in the independent sector that can play a big role in creating Britain's future digital infrastructure.

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