Out of town, out of the loop: rural areas need broadband

Claire Wallace, Gorry Fairhurst, Leanne Townsend, Nikhil George Ninan

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The National Audit Office has warned that the government is two years behind schedule in its plan to bring broadband to 44 rural areas by 2015. It now looks like only nine of these areas will be linked up in that time.

A further problem highlighted in the NAO report is the lack of competition between commercial partners. BT is now the only service provider left in the bidding and has secured all of the 26 contracts awarded so far through the government’s rural broadband programme. According to the NAO, the company will pocket £1.2 billion in public funds as a result of the rural broadband roll out.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2013


  • Broadband
  • Digital economy
  • Rural


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