The government has announced the primary stages of its plans to urge ultra-fast broadband to the bulk of homes within the UK.
Originally it had promised to roll out gigabit-speed broadband to each range in Britain by 2025 but that was reduced to 85% coverage in November.
The budget remains at £5bn – but only £1.2bn of which will be made available up to 2024.
The infrastructure build should start in 2022, the government said.
The first to profit are going to be homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Northumberland, South Tyneside, and Tees Valley.
The next areas are expected to be Norfolk, Shropshire, Suffolk, Worcestershire, Hampshire, and therefore the Isle of Wight.
A former voucher scheme is also being relaunched to provide more immediate help to those struggling with poor broadband coverage, with up to £210m being made available.
It is expected that commercial deployments of gigabit-capable fiber networks will reach quite 70% of premises by the top of 2025, without government intervention.
The government has said that reaching the final 1% of homes in very remote areas could be prohibitively expensive.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson described Project Gigabit as “the rocket boost that we’d like to urge lightning-fast broadband to all or any areas of the country”.
The trade organization techUK has also welcomed the news.
Yesterday BT said it might “build like fury” to roll out full-fiber internet connections, following new rules announced by the UK’s telecoms regulator Ofcom.
Digital Pembs/Sir Benfro Ddigidol tweeted, “Consumers expect fast, reliable broadband and demand for better broadband is rising. We’re working with communities and suppliers to ensure anyone in Pembrokeshire who wants it has access to #gigabit capable full #fibre #broadband #DCMS.