The government has extended the deadline for local councils to apply for rural broadband funding from a pot of £20m in order to give more authorities a chance to submit bids.
The deadline had been set for Friday, 24 May, but has now been extended to 17 June. This is due to a flurry of last-minute applications and so as a result the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) decided to extend the submission period, a spokesperson explained to V3.
To date 50 applications have already been approved for a final submission and Defra will be hoping that more local authorities will submit bids now they have an additional month in which to do so.
Environment minister Richard Benyon said: “Rural broadband is crucial to getting the economy moving and businesses growing. Funding is still available and I don’t want communities to miss out on this great opportunity.
“Superfast broadband is transforming the lives of rural businesses and communities by helping them tap into new markets, get better exposure and save time in their working day.”
Earlier this year the first funding was handed out by Defra with £460,000 given to the rural community of Rothbury in Northumberland. Since then a number of other small projects have been approved as part of the government's desire to ensure all households in the UK have access to a usable broadband connection.
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