Rural Community Broadband Fund
A second ‘Expression of Interest’ round is now open. The final date for submissions of ‘Expressions of Interest’ is 6th July 2012.
The Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) was launched in England with confirmed funding of £20m on 29th November 2011. The RCBF is jointly funded by Defra and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and provides grants to communities to establish superfast broadband in ‘hard-to-reach’ areas.
The RCBF complements the mainstream broadband rollout programmes being delivered by local Authorities and BDUK. Under the mainstream programme the aim is for at least 90% superfast broadband coverage in each area, with the final ‘hard-to-reach’ 10% receiving a minimum standard broadband of 2Mbps.
Further information can be found here.