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rural programme

As part of our ambition to deliver the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, Government has allocated £530 million during the current Spending Review period to stimulate commercial investment to roll out high speed broadband in rural communities.

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is responsible for managing the rural programme, whereas local authorities and the devolved administrations are responsible for individual projects, as set out in BDUK’s delivery model. Our ambition is to provide superfast broadband to at least 90 per cent of premises in the UK and to provide universal access to standard broadband with a speed of at least 2Mbps.

To help local authorities find suppliers, BDUK has put in place a framework delivery contract. Local authorities can run mini competitions from the framework to select a specific supplier to deliver broadband services for a local project. 

The Rural Community Broadband Fund, jointly funded by Defra and BDUK, has been created to help bring superfast broadband solutions to the 10 per cent hardest to reach areas.