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Public funding approved for broadband in Midlands and South West England
Friday 07 October 2005 10:50:00 by Andrew Ferguson

eGov monitor has published an item indicating that a broadband project designed to bridge the digital divide in the South West and Midlands part of the UK has had authorisation. In short it has been found to be compatible with state aid rules - a set of rules that exist to ensure that governments do not unfairly subsidise a single supplier or old state monopoly provider.

While the vast majority of BT exchanges do other ADSL services now, there are those that are not enabled, and plenty of households and businesses that are at the limits of reach or totally beyond the reach of traditional ADSL. Hopefully this project will aim to correct some of this divide. There is little in terms of hard facts as to which precise areas are involved, but this is likely to emerge with time.


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