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The government has announced the successful bids for its £10 million innovation fund, which is designed to support the rollout of super-fast broadband in rural Britain.

Finance is being made available for eight different pilot schemes, each of which is geared at delivering next-generation services in the UK's most remote and inaccessible locations.

The projects have been shortlisted to progress to the feasibility stage, ahead of deployment later this year.

A number of different technologies are set to be used, including fixed wireless and satellite, along with innovative financial and operating models.

Pilots are to be run by AB Internet in Wales, Airwave in North Yorkshire, Quickline in Lincolnshire, Avanti in Northern Ireland and Scotland, Satellite Internet in Devon and Somerset, Call Flow in Hampshire, Cybermoor in Northumberland, and MLL in Kent.

The largest single grant has gone to Quickline's wireless broadband test in north Lincolnshire, which is to receive £2.05 million from the innovation fund.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said the rollout of super-fast broadband is progressing "at a terrific rate".

"Each week, super-fast speeds are becoming a reality for tens of thousands of homes and businesses in rural areas across the UK," he stated.

"We know how important this has become, which is why we are investing £10 million in these pilots to explore how we can extend coverage beyond the 95 per cent of the UK we are on track to deliver by 2017."

Rural Affairs Minister Dan Rogerson said fast and reliable broadband "revolutionises everything", from how people work and their children learn, to how they spend their leisure time and engage with public services.

He claimed it is "critical" that the government explores how to get super-fast broadband out to remote areas.

This can allow rural businesses to be more productive, innovative and competitive; something he described as "crucial" for building a stronger rural economy and fairer society.

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