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Broadband Delivery UK has allocated the government's £530 million rural broadband fund to local authorities around the country.

Earlier this year, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that a share of the public fund would be handed out to each individual council, and the final breakdown has now been published.

Some £50 million of the fund – set up to help 90 per cent of the UK achieve 25Mb broadband by 2015 – had already been awarded to three projects in Norfolk, Wiltshire and Somerset & Devon.

BDUK has allocated another £294.8 million to councils across England and £68.8 million to the Scottish Government, following the £56.9 Million recently pledged to Wales and £4.4 million granted to Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr Hunt said he is "absolutely determined" that the UK will have the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015.

"Fast broadband is absolutely vital to our economic growth, to delivering public services effectively, and to conducting our everyday lives," he stated.

"But some areas of the UK are missing out, with many rural and hard-to-reach communities suffering painfully slow internet connections or no coverage at all. We are not prepared to let some parts of our country get left behind in the digital age."

Mr Hunt said the government was playing its part to bring fast broadband to every UK home, and local authorities across the UK must now do their bit.

"I urge all those suffering the frustration of slow internet connections to make it clear to your local elected representatives that you expect them to do what is needed to access this investment and to deliver broadband to your community," he added.

The government is expecting local authorities to match the funding provided to them by BDUK, in order to invest in their local communications infrastructures.

Among the major beneficiaries of BDUK funding are North Yorkshire (£17.84 million), Cumbria (£17.13 million), Lincolnshire (£14.31 million), Suffolk (£11.68 million), Lancashire (£10.83 million) and East Sussex (£10.64 million).

Kent (£9.87 million), Dorset (9.44 million), Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (£8.42 million), the Humber region £8.45 million), Shropshire (£8.21 million) Gloucestershire (8.07 million), Durham (£7.79 million) and Derbyshire (£7.39 million) have also received sizeable hand-outs.

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