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Danish government to spend 200 million kroner on better broadband

The fund will be used to upgrade the internet infrastructure of Denmark’s more remote areas

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April 27th, 2016 8:26 am| by Shifa Rahaman

Over 25,000 Danish households can now look forward to a better and faster internet connections thanks to a new government initiative, reports BT.

On Tuesday, Venstre signed an agreement with Dansk Folkeparti, Liberal Alliance, Konservative, Socialdemokraterne, SF and Radikale that will see 200 million kroner allocated to a ‘broadband fund’ that will be used to improve internet connectivity in Denmark’s more remote areas.

Buffering …
“It is important for Denmark’s continued growth and development to offer a helping hand to those areas where coverage is very poor,” explained the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.

Citizens and municipalities who need funding to upgrade their internet infrastructure will be able to apply this summer.

“I expect that between 4,000 and 25,000 homes, businesses and homes will get help from the pool – we will open the application process in the summer so you can start preparing now,” said the relevant minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt.

Development from coast to coast
Jens Stenbæk, the deputy chairman of Danish Regions, an organisation that looks out for the national and international interests of Denmark’s five regions, is  pleased with the agreement.

“We need to ensure that Denmark develops from coast to coast. This requires that businesses in remote areas are able to connect to the network, and this agreement is an important step in achieving that,” he said.

The fund will be in operation for two years, after which its efficiency will be evaluated in order to determine if it should continue.