Two MILLION rural households to be taken off ‘slow digital lane’ in £ 5bn broadband reader – .

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Two MILLION rural households to be taken off ‘slow digital lane’ in £ 5bn broadband reader – .


Millions of people living in the countryside will be “taken out of the slow digital lane” to take advantage of super-fast broadband, the ministers said.

£ 5 billion of taxpayer money is spent on upgrading digital infrastructure as part of a government effort to ‘improve’ internet access.

The plan, Project Gigabit, will see up to 2.2 million homes and offices in 26 counties across England achieve the fastest internet speeds on the market by 2025.

It targets rural areas where businesses and families have long suffered from poor connections.

£ 5 billion of taxpayer dollars is spent on upgrading digital infrastructure as part of a government effort to ‘improve’ internet access

Once upgrades are complete, residents will be able to download movies in less than half a minute with broadband speeds of one gigabit – 1000 megabits – per second, far higher than the current national average of 72 megabits per second.

According to the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, this will boost tech companies, make business easier and “end families’ struggle for bandwidth.” Oliver Dowden, Digital Secretary, said last night: “The Gigabit project is our national mission to upgrade rural areas with the fastest internet speeds on the market.

“Millions of more rural households and businesses will be taken out of the slow digital lane thanks to our £ 5 billion investment and one of the fastest deployments in Europe.

“This broadband revolution will create jobs, energize businesses and allow everyone to access vital services at lightning speed, helping us to rebuild better after the pandemic. “

The plan, Project Gigabit, will enable 2.2 million homes and offices in 26 counties across England to achieve the fastest internet speeds on the market by 2025.

Ahead of the 2019 general election, Boris Johnson vowed that gigabit broadband would be rolled out to every home in Britain. But last fall, the ambitious target was watered down to reach a minimum of 85% coverage by 2025.

Ministers believe this lower target will be met and say the UK is on track for the fastest deployment in Europe, with 60% of households having access to high-speed internet by the end of this year. Much of the investment is made through the commercial installation of fiber optic networks under major cities. However, in harder-to-reach areas that risk being left behind, the government has set aside £ 5bn to subsidize the work of companies.

In March, the first nine areas to receive funding were named, including the former “Red Wall” areas of Durham, Tyneside and Teesside as well as the remote areas of Northumberland and Cornwall. Today the next phase of the project is announced, covering nearly half a million premises in Shropshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcestershire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Derbyshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Surrey, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire will be the next to benefit from faster internet.

Commercial providers can bid to install cables in parts of a county that currently lack fast broadband. Supply for the lots announced today will begin next year, with contracts not starting until October 2023 at the latest.

Details come at the start of an ‘infrastructure week’ slated for Downing Street to show the Prime Minister’s upgrade program is paying off.

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