About 3,000 businesses are expected to take advantage of a £4.2m subsidy scheme being set up by Lincolnshire County Council. Jenny Gammon, deputy head of development at Lincolnshire Council, said a wide range of small businesses in the area have expressed interest in broadband, from academic bookwriters to professional services companies and retailers.
The council is going to tender for broadband suppliers. Its options include broadband from BT, as well as wireless and satellite services for remote businesses. "Wireless would make sense in a large, rural county like this," said Gammon. "But at the moment we don't want to dictate the form of service delivery."