Broadband funding may be dependant on council transparency header image

Local councils that refuse to reveal details of their broadband improvement plans may have state funding withheld. 

This is according to a report in the Telegraph, which claimed sources close to Culture Secretary Maria Miller said the minister is unhappy with the lack of transparency from some authorities.

"We have long argued that broadband rollout needs to be more transparent and have asked local authorities to publish their data coverage plans," the source told the newspaper.

They added it would be difficult to factor councils that have not disclosed their proposals into the £250 million funding package set aside for the ten per cent of areas not covered by the Broadband Delivery UK programme.

At the end of July, the Telegraph reported on a letter sent by Ms Miller, which urged local authorities to make details of their broadband plans publicly available.

Satellite broadband is a readily-available alternative to state-funded internet access.

Posted by Mike Wynn