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 Broadband boost for remotest parts of UK

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Date posted: 23/12/2016

Around 600,000 more UK homes and businesses could be connected to broadband, after the government recouped £440m.

The cash comes from "efficiency savings" and money returned by BT as part of the government's flagship broadband rollout scheme.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said the funds would bring faster broadband to some of the remoter parts of the UK.

Experts said it was not all "new money" but would still be welcomed.

The cash will be made up of £150m in cost savings and the rest in the form of returned subsidies from BT, the government said.

Under a 2010 deal, the government paid BT to roll out superfast broadband in hard-to-reach areas where providers had said it was not cost-effective to install broadband infrastructure.

As part of the agreement, if more than 20% of premises in those areas bought superfast broadband, BT had to repay some of the subsidy.

On average, the take-up has been 30.6%, leading to a forecast repayment of £292m, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said.

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