Openreach has welcomed the European Commission's decision to clear state aid funding for the rollout of super-fast broadband in rural areas.
A spokesperson for the firm said it was "pleased" to hear that UK local authorities will now gain access to the Broadband Delivery UK money they have been promised.
The government's £530 million Rural Broadband Fund was divided between county councils in August 2011, but many of the projects have been held up by Brussels red tape.
Concerns were raised by the EC over the way local broadband delivery plans were put out to tender - amid fears that firms have been excluded from the bidding process.
But following negotiations with the UK government, the commission has given the green light for public funds to be distributed.
The Openreach spokesperson said the decision "will give an important boost to plans to bring fibre broadband to rural parts of the UK".
"We can now commence work in areas where we have contracts in place," the representative stated.
"It should also make it easier for those counties who are yet to sign deals with the private sector. It is now full speed ahead."