As superfast roll out progresses, we promised every home would be able to access speeds of at least two megabits per second by the end of this year.
– Ed Vaisey (Con), Communications Minister
UNITED KINGDOM – PEOPLE and businesses in the most remote parts of the UK could receive better internet, thanks to a new scheme launched by the goverment, which aims to cover the costs to set up satellite broadband. (Telegraph, UK)
It’s part of a pilot scheme which will be launched later this month which will aim to help connect those who unable to get an acceptible standard of internet.
Plans will see the scheme expand nationally in December, with the goverment providing people living in so-called “not spots”, with vouchers to cover the up-front cost of installing a satellite broadband dish and a modem installation, which is required to enjoy the service.
Once online, homes and businesses will then have to pay the monthly subscription, (about £25).
It’s part of a £60m plan to ensure that the entire country has access to a minimum of two megabits per second broadband before the end of the year, with at one of the providers will also offering a “superfast” package, meaning download speeds of 30 megabits per second can be achieved.
The government’s communications minister, Ed Vaisey, told the Telegraph: “More than 83 per cent of the UK can already access superfast speeds and over the next two years we will reach 95 per cent of the country with superfast broadband.
“As superfast roll out progresses, we promised every home would be able to access speeds of at least two megabits per second by the end of this year.
“These pilot schemes are part of our commitment to delivering this,” Mr Vaisey said.
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