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Use structural funds to finance the roll-out of high-speed networks

Indicator Status Evidence
Are you using structural funds to finance the roll-out of high-speed networks? Yes The UK has used EU Structural Funds to help fund broadband rollout in the UK. The most prominent two projects that used EU funds are in Cornwall and Yorkshire. For instance, Superfast Cornwall is a venture co-funded by the EU, BT and Cornwall Council. The aim is to get fibre broadband (both FTTC and FTTP are being put in the ground), wireless and satellite broadband to every home and business in Cornwall and on the Scilly Isles by 2014.
Will you achieve full allocation of your ERDF funds allocated to broadband deployment by 2013? Yes UK local authorities have where already possible utilised EU Structural Funds for broadband rollout (two examples above). Some are also currently bidding for structural funds to assist with the funding of local broadband schemes. However, as there is still a year to go till the end of this multi annual financial framework, we are currently not in a position to predict the total of SF monies to be spent in UK on broadband rollout.

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