Rural broadband project stalls


The Countryside Alliance has claimed that plans to bring faster broadband to rural areas of the UK have stalled.

George Osborne last year named Cumbria, Herefordshire, North Yorkshire and the Highlands and Islands as pilot areas for rural superfast broadband but freedom of information requests to each council revealed they have not received any money from the Treasury.

A government spokesman said that the projects were making good progress and that it would deliver on its promise of having the best broadband in Europe by 2015.

Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: "It has been over a year since these pilots were set up and the people who live in areas with no or unreliable broadband coverage haven't seen any improvement."

It was recently revealed that BT was the last remaining bidder for the Highlands and Islands broadband project after three other firms pulled out of the process.