Rural broadband rollout: Taxpayers being 'ripped off', say MPs
Date published: 26th September 2013
Making sure that those living in the countryside get broadband speeds comparable to those living in towns and cities has long been something the government has grappled with.
Commercial firms such as Virgin Media and BT see little profit in rolling out services to areas with few people living in them.
So, as an incentive, the government provided a subsidy pot of £230m for firms taking on the task, with an extra £250m available after 2015, and it awarded contracts on a county-by-county basis.
Local authorities are also contributing £730m to the project, bringing the total amount of public funding to £1.2bn.
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