Department for Culture Media and Sport

rural community broadband fund

Part of the our ambition to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, is to ensure that rural, as well as urban areas, are provided with good online access with a minimum of 2Mbps

The Rural Community Broadband Fund, jointly funded by Defra and BDUK, is aimed at the 10 per cent hardest to reach areas which risk only receiving standard 2Mbps broadband.

The fund will have up to £20 million for small community projects to implement enhanced or superfast broadband solutions beyond the standard connection. BDUK is currently undertaking a significant amount of work in Cumbria, alongside local communities, as it develops its proposals to bring superfast broadband to the county. The Rural Community Broadband Toolkit (PDF 174kb) has been developed for local projects and support communities who also want to play their part in bringing superfast broadband to their areas.

About the fund and how to apply

Raising private finance factsheets

Defra and BDUK commissioned Genecon Consulting to produce factsheets on raising private finance and legal structures to support work under the Rural Community Broadband Fund.