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England will receive the lion's share of the £250 million set aside by the government this week for investment in rural broadband.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced that extra public funding - in addition to the £1.2 billion already made available - will be distributed to local authorities in order to boost their network upgrade schemes.

This is with a view to ensuring 95 per cent super-fast broadband coverage across the UK by 2017.

From the latest funding, England is to receive £184 million while Scotland will get £21 million, reports the BBC.

Another £12 million will be allocated to Wales, while Northern Ireland is to receive just over £7 million.

In terms of local projects, the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme will be the largest beneficiary, receiving a funding boost of £22.7 million.

Shropshire (£12.8 million), Hereford and Gloucestershire (£10.98 million), Essex (£10.7 million), South Yorkshire (£10.4 million) and Hampshire £8.7 million also stand to gain.

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