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A small UK broadband provider has expressed frustration at its failure to secure the public funding needed to offer wider service coverage.

Bill Pechey, Director of Countryside Broadband, said the firm - which offers fixed wireless services in rural Oxfordshire - is expanding as quickly as it can.

However, he told the Henley Standard that the firm has failed to access funding from Broadband Delivery UK and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The government has set aside £530 million to extend broadband coverage outside the UK's urban centres, and this money has been distributed to county councils and other local authorities.

"We have tried to develop a good relationship with Oxfordshire County Council but find that now it has started the process to distribute funds from Broadband Delivery UK we are too small to be considered as a broadband provider," Mr Pechey stated.

"This illustrates a paradox in that we, almost by definition, best serve the widely scattered and most disadvantaged but do not attract funding as we do not offer to serve a big number of homes with a single project."

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