Remote businesses benefit from funded broadband drive

Rural businesses are set to benefit from improved broadband connections following a £362 million investment, announced by the Government today.

The money, announced by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, is part of the Government’s drive to ensure that 90% of homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband by 2015.

English counties will get £294 million and Scotland £68.8 million to help the one-third of households that are not expected to have superfast broadband made available by the private sector.

Speaking this morning, Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore said the money is “absolutely essential” to Scotland.

He said: “We are absolutely determined to get the economy back on its feet and it is going to be a choppy period while we do that.

“The Government has got to focus all its efforts on ensuring that we provide individuals and businesses with the tools they need to get their business and their enterprises growing.

“Superfast business broadband is something that our competitors elsewhere in Europe and the world are investing in heavily.

“It is our determination that we will ensure that by 2015 we will have the best superfast broadband service in Europe and that 90% of households and businesses will be able to access superfast broadband.?