The government has provided a breakdown of how it intends to allocate a further £225m of funding to bring broadband to the remotest areas of the UK.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced that the funding would be split between the four nations covered by the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as follows:
- England: £184.34m
- Scotland: £20.99m
- Wales: £12.11m
- Northern Ireland: £7.24m
A further £25m has been put aside for contingency spending, which the DCMS said was standard for any project of this nature.
The DCMS also provided a further breakdown of this spend within England, with most regions gaining a few million pounds from the pot. For example, Cumbria is receiving £2.86m, Lincolnshire £2.35m and Norfolk £5.59m.
A full list of the funding is hosted online here by V3. No breakdown for the other nations' funding was provided.
Plans for the funding were first announced last year as part of the government's efforts to reach 99 percent coverage of superfast services by 2018. Culture secretary Maria Miller said the latest round of funding was key to this goal.
"We want to make sure that Britain is one of the best countries in the world for broadband, and the extra £250m we are investing will help ensure communities around the UK are not left behind in the digital slow lane," she said.
The government also reiterated its intention to consider the use of alternative technologies to fibre broadband for bringing broadband to remote regions. It has already put another £10m aside to test services such as 4G and satellite broadband as it recognises that fixed rollouts are unlikely to fill all the gaps in connectivity.
The rollout of high-speed broadband services is seen as vital to the UK economy, as it will bring new technologies such as cloud computing to businesses across the country. Prime minister David Cameron recently switched on a superfast broadband cabinet in his constituency of Witney, Oxfordshire, as the rollout of services continues at pace.
A nuclear strike has been considered, but Bruce Willis is nowhere in sight
Spray-on antenna could enable seamless integration of antennas with everyday objects
Parker Solar Probe, TESS and GOLD missions will deliver exciting data, claims NASA
But deep learning pulls ahead for complex tasks