Homes and businesses in some of the most remote areas of Leicestershire can now get a subsidised satellite broadband connection if they are currently unable to obtain an affordable broadband service of at least 2mbps.
An estimated 300,000 properties across the UK will be able to make use of the new offer.
The current rollout of superfast broadband is on track to deliver coverage to 95 percent of the UK by 2017, but the government is determined to help those with the slowest connections by providing an immediate boost to their available speeds ahead of any future improvements.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “Our rollout of superfast broadband has already reached an additional 3.5 million homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out. We are making tremendous progress, but it’s a massive engineering project and won’t happen overnight. This scheme offers immediate assistance to those homes and businesses in Leicestershire with the slowest speeds and is all part of our transformation of the UK’s digital landscape.”
Tom Purnell, assistant chief executive of Leicestershire County Council, added: “The Superfast Leicestershire partnership with BT continues to provide access to superfast broadband to residents and businesses across the county. We expect to ensure 95 percent of Leicestershire premises can access superfast speeds by the end of 2017.
“This satellite scheme is an option for people who struggle with the slowest speeds or are not due to be connected soon as part of our Superfast Leicestershire deployment for some time. It could significantly help ensure a minimum, reliable connection for those living and working in our most rural communities.”