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Local authorities are set to be given the green light to press ahead with their rural broadband rollout schemes.

The European Commission is close to giving Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) full permission to distribute the state aid funding set aside for infrastructure work in the countryside.

Back in 2011, BDUK allocated a share of the government's £530 million Rural Broadband Fund to the majority of UK county councils.

However, concerns over the tender process for council projects and other regulatory issues have held up the distribution of this money, reports the Financial Times.

Europe has prevented the release of funds for at least half of the 47 Local Broadband Plans, but this obstacle is now set to be removed.

Joaquín Almunia, European Commissioner for Competition, is reported to have requested only minor changes to BDUK's funding approach.

And as such, he has now given preliminary approval for the release of public funding.

This will see more local authorities begin the rollout of high-speed broadband in rural areas, enabling businesses and households to improve their internet services.

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