EU green light for superfast broadband scheme
November 26, 2012
A superfast broadband scheme worth £1.4 million in Berkshire has been given the green light by the European Commission, following pressure from an MEP.
Work to start laying cable can now start which will mean improved internet speeds to homes and businesses in the countryside.
In July, Liberal Democrat Catherine Bearder – one of the South of England’s MEPs – urged the commission to release the cash amid fears that delays to the scheme were starting to damage companies.
She said: “Superfast broadband is crucial to build a strong economy, where everyone has the opportunity to make a success of their business.
“This will create jobs and growth for Berkshire and ensure we can compete fairly with the big cities.
“It is also very important for local and national government to deliver public services effectively online and to going about our everyday lives.
“For too long, our area has missed out on investment in broadband.
“I have always been clear we must not miss out on the digital age and I will be working with the coalition Government and our local authorities to ensure we deliver superfast broadband as soon as possible.”
The European Commission permission was needed because the project was partially state-aided.