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The million pound cost of upgrading 10,000 premises to superfast broadband

A report published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has revealed that just 10,821 premises have been connected to superfast broadband per £1 million of public funing.

The DCMS report, published this week, said 111,968 premises had superfast broadband by the end of September 2013 and the amount of BDUK grants to local authorities and budget transfers to devolved administrations came to £10,347,568. It said this equated to o 10,821 premises covered per £1 million of broadband delivery programme expenditure.

The report said that this figure excluded premises, which have superfast broadband available from other existing or planned sources. The data combines administrative information reported by local projects and supplier information.

The report came after the government announced plans to set up a £10 million trial fund for improved rural broadband coverage in 2014. The money will be used to develop experimental solutions to provide superfast broadband in the hardest-to-reach areas of the country.

In an updated version of the government’s National Infrastructure Plan, it was revealed that the government has s funded the roll out of superfast broadband which has reached over 140,000 premises so far, with 10,000 additional premises being passed per week

Of the 44 local broadband BDUK projects, 42 have now completed the procurement stage with two final projects aiming to complete this stage by the end of this year. 

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