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Broadband Coverage

The first Conservative Party Budget for 19 years has outlined a number of changes, but onlookers hoping to hear more about national broadband coverage projects have been left disappointed.

However, aside from a small paragraph on page 68 of the document, it seems the government will not be changing its approach for the foreseeable future.

The extract 1.318 states: "To support connectivity in the South West, the government will allocate up to £10 million to the broadband programme from April 2016. The fund will be available for local projects to bid into, with priority given to those delivering ultrafast speeds of 100mbps and above. Broadband Delivery UK will start working with local projects immediately to determine the most effective way of delivering this support."

According to Think Broadband, the phrasing of this proposal and the possibility of extra funding means the government may be taking a more hands-on role with the BDUK scheme. 

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