A new Government fund could be the trigger to finally ending broadband misery for thousands of people in rural communities, a leading satellite broadband expert believes.
The £10m Government fund aims to support alternative technology providers to deliver superfast broadband to the most excluded and remote communities.
The Broadband Delivery programme, which includes the management of the new £10m fund, aims to have enabled pilot projects to be undertaken up and down the country by March 2014. Local authorities are being asked to support pilot projects.
Mark Wynn, managing director of Avonline Broadband, the UK’s largest provider of Next Generation satellite broadband services, says: “It’s time to close the gap between those who can receive superfast broadband and the thousands who can’t.
“For the five per cent of the UK that will not be connected by large infrastructure schemes by 2017 a new route has to be found. Solutions exist and this new fund will help bring them to rural communities.
“We believe this is great news for the satellite broadband industry as attention finally starts to focus on how our technology is already solving these rural broadband problems today.”
Avonline’s satellite broadband service delivers download speeds of up to 20Mbps anywhere in the UK immediately. There is no phone line needed and no lengthy wait for an upgrade programme.