[isp review] The UK coalition government has revealed some new bits of information about its recently announced "superfast" Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband pilots in the Highlands and Islands (Scotland), Cumbria, North Yorkshire and the Golden Valley, Herefordshire (England). The projects were officially revealed on Wednesday as part of the Chancellor's Spending Review.
The pilot exercise aims to help establish the commercial costs and challenges involved in rolling out superfast broadband across the UK. It's now understood that each pilot area will receive between £5m and £10m in funding from the £530m being set aside.
UK Government Statement
Work will begin on upgrading the broadband infrastructure in the four areas following further definition of the pilots and a procurement process. It is hoped that suppliers will start rolling out upgraded infrastructure within a year. The pilots will be paid for with a combination of public and private investment.
UK Government Reveals Additional Superfast Rural Broadband Pilot Details