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Published: 21st Nov 2012

Funding has been secured for the government's planned rural broadband upgrade scheme, which could see technologies such as satellite broadband being used to reach remote areas of the UK.

The EU gave the plan the green light today (November 21st), paving the way for the £530 million project to get underway.

"Finally getting the green light from Brussels will mean a huge boost for the British economy," said culture secretary Maria Miller.

She added that installing broadband in rural areas is absolutely vital for the country's continued growth and prosperity, especially if it is to avoid creating a two-tier situation between urban areas and their remoter counterparts.

"Britain is in a global race today. To succeed in that race we must have the infrastructure to match our aspiration," Ms Miller concluded.

This will be welcome news for many rural areas, with BBC News recently warning that some 20,000 Cornish people could miss out on superfast broadband over the coming years.

Posted by Justin McKenzie