AN extra £250m is set to be invested in superfast broadband in rural areas to help business start-ups and job creation.
The announcement, made yesterday by culture secretary, Maria Miller, is a ‘very welcome boost to rural communities’, according to the executive chairman of Countryside Alliance, Sir Barney White-Spunner.
‘Superfast broadband provision in the countryside lags significantly behind that in urban areas,’ he said.
‘The government estimates that fast broadband will create 56,000 more jobs in the UK by 2024.
‘We want to ensure that as many of these positions can be filled by people living in rural areas as is possible.
‘Working online means that businesses do not have to be based in, or close to, big cities, but ironically this facility is not currently available to many of those living in the countryside.’