Government Urged To Speed Up Rural Super-fast Broadband Trials

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), which is responsible for managing the deployment of next generation broadband in rural areas, is under increasing pressure from MPs and the industry to speed up four pilot schemes intended to lay the groundwork for future roll outs.

Last year, the UK government named four rural areas to deploy super-fast broadband in order to determine the costs and challenges involved in bringing such connections to areas which would otherwise be left out of the country wide roll out.

However, over three months after announcing the pilot schemes, the government is yet to put the projects out on tender.

Ian Lucas, Labour MP for Wrexham told PC Pro that the industry has raised some concerns over the slow progress.

“What I'm picking up from industry is that they are becoming impatient over the length of time that it is taking – these are very large companies that are becoming very frustrated,” he said in a statement.

“I'm trying to press the Government to pull its finger out and get this moving as quickly as possible. No progress can be made as the particulars of the trials haven't been specified from the Government.”