Homes and businesses in some of the UK's remotest areas can now apply for a share of a £20m funding pot from the Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) run by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help fund the rollout of superfast broadband services.
The funding was first earmarked by the government in early 2011 as part of the government's £530 million Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme to provide superfast broadband to 90 per cent of the country.
The RCBF funding is specifically designed to allow homes, businesses and communities in the remaining 10 per cent the country to apply for a section of the dedicated £20m funding to help bring superfast to their areas.
A statement on the RCBF website explains that applications for funding can be submitted from 10 May, with more details available on their website from this date on how funding request should be made.
Communications minister Ed Vaizey said the funding should help ensure those in the remotest regions of the UK are not left behind in the push for high-speed internet access.
"Superfast broadband has the potential to transform our most remote communities by opening up a world of new opportunities," he said.
"The fund will back those communities working to help themselves by bringing broadband to their homes and helping businesses develop and grow."
Last week the government announced a list of 27 cities across the UK eligible to apply for a funding pot of £50m, as part of its goal to ensure 90 per cent of homes and businesses have access to broadband of 25Mbit/s and above by 2015.
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