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Countryside Alliance welcomes innovative rural broadband projects

Wednesday, June 25th 2014 by Hannah Langston
Govt-funded rural broadband innovation scheme welcomed by Countryside Alliance (Learning and Skills Council)

Approval of government-backed pilots designed to deliver better rural broadband has been voiced by the Countryside Alliance.

The Countryside Alliance has said it is pleased to hear that the government is putting funding towards working out how to deliver superfast broadband in some of the country's most rural areas.
It was announced last week that eight different research projects will take a share of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's £10 million pot, including an investigation into using fixed wireless and satellite technologies, a social investment financial model and a system that aggregates small rural networks.
They have now been given approval to progress to the feasibility stage and will be deployed later this year in the hope of extending superfast broadband coverage even higher than the 95 per cent of premises forecasted to be connected by 2017.
Countryside Alliance Head of Policy Sarah Lee said: "This is very welcome news and a great stride forward in the drive to improve rural connectivity. 

"We look forward to seeing the results of these trials. Superfast broadband is becoming as vital to communities as water and heating."
She added that a mixture of technologies – and not just fixed line products – could be key to boosting broadband in the most remote locations.

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