The Rural Communities Broadband Fund enables rural communities who will not receive superfast broadband by 2015 through the Local Broadband Plan to apply for up to 50% funding to establish superfast broadband services to rural businesses and households.
Information is available here:  http://rdpenetwork.defra.gov.uk/funding-sources/rural-community-broadband-fund

A useful Applicant’s Handbook explains the fund and how it works:  http://rdpenetwork.defra.gov.uk/assets/files/New%20Offer/DEF-RDPE-RDPE-Bk-R3_WEB.PDF
One of the main difficulties for us in Hertfordshire in guiding you regarding this fund is that, even now, when the Local Broadband Plan work is being scoped and phased, Hertfordshire County Council are not able to define exact detailed geographies which will definitely be in the ‘10%’ of areas who will not get superfast broadband through the Plan.If you have any questions or, having looked at the Rural Communities Broadband Fund information online, think you would be interested in pursuing a RCBF application, please contact: info@connectedcounties.org

 

 

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