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Budget 2018: UK chancellor pledges £250m to boost rural broadband

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Malcolm Vanderveen
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In his latest budget, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced £250m will be used to provide rural areas with superfast broadband.

Poor rural connectivity has held back certain areas from the rest of the nation.

The funding boost will target rural schools and libraries to ensure they have access to ‘full fibre’ connectivity.

Full fibre is considered FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) which offers greater speed and reliability than FTTC (Fibre-to-the-Cabinet) used for most broadband connections today.

"For 21st-century broadband is to roads in the 20th, railways in the 19th, and canals in the 18th.

It's the network infrastructure that will make this country work."

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