Government plans for super-fast broadband could see local authorities team up with telecoms companies to bid for public funds to deliver broadband to remote areas by 2015.
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt will today announce Government plans for the roll out of super-fast broadband by 2015 to every household in the UK, including those in remote communities.
He will also announce a spectrum auction of 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum in 2011.
The Government will also announce a further £50m to the programme for additional super-fast broadband trials bringing the total value of public funding for the roll out to £830m. Of this, £530m will be targeted at bringing super-fast broadband to all remote households by 2015.
Local authorities will bid for public funding to set up local community digital hubs along with private sector partners, aimed at reaching remote households. The additional public funding will give network operators the incentive to supply super-fast broadband to these rural communities. Remote households will be connected via the local hub using fibre, wireless or even satellite.
The cost of bringing broadband to these hard to reach areas in the UK has been estimated at between £2bn and £3bn. Without Government funding this would mean up to a third of UK households would miss out on super-fast broadband.
Today's announcement will also include new specification for new build homes to encourage developers and housebuilders to built super-fast broadband-ready homes and a comittment to working with BT to open ducts and poles to rivals.