Pilots of rural superfast broadband to kick off

The government has outlined plans to start rolling out fast broadband to rural communities as part of its pledge to get more people connected.

The government has outlined plans to start rolling out fast broadband to rural communities as part of its pledge to get more people connected.

Pilots of super fast broadband will go ahead in the Highlands and Islands, North Yorkshire and Cumbria as the government looks to roll out web access to rural communities.

The Chancellor George Osborne announced the plans for the broadband trials in the Spending Review, promoting the activities as proof that it can upgrade the countryside web network without the need, suggested by the previous government, of a broadband tax.

"We will be spending tens of billions of pounds on Britain's infrastructure," he said, also referring to upgrades of the rail and road network.

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