£190m Gigabit broadband challenge fund launched

A new £190m programme designed to accelerate the rate at which Full Fibre networks are made available across the UK has been opened.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport will now accept bids from UK public bodies to stimulate commercial investment in full fibre networks across the whole of the UK by demonstrating approaches that encourage additional private investment.

Successful projects will see gigabit capable connections incorporated to key public buildings and businesses, in the hope that broadband providers then create additional connections to local homes and businesses.

Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital, said: “World class connectivity is increasingly essential to people at work and at home. It’s vital to ensure the UK’s future competitiveness in the global market and our ability to attract investment. Full fibre is fundamental for fashioning a Britain fit for the future.”

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