Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network specialist NextGenUs has announced plans to invest £10 million upgrading the UK's rural broadband infrastructure.
The firm is welcoming applications for funding from local community projects, and is aiming to deliver improved broadband to 10,000 homes and businesses.
NextGenUs' scheme will be entirely privately funded, and will not use any public money to improve UK broadband services.
Guy Jarvis, Chief Executive Officer at NextGenUs, said: "The NextGenUs Beyond Infinity competition is now open and up to 10,000 households and businesses will benefit from this £10 million investment phase alone."
He said that the initiative would put "real money" on the table to help local communities improve FTTH broadband coverage,
"NextGenUs will invest in those communities who demonstrate demand and their determination for change," he stated.
Up to 24 individual projects are to receive broadband funding under the Beyond Infinity plan.