On 16th November 2020 the Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on gigabit-capable rural broadband:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 3 November (HL9493), whether the commitment to provide gigabit-capable broadband nationwide will be rolled out equitably between rural and urban communities. [HL10103]
Baroness Barran: The Government is committed to delivering nationwide gigabit-capable broadband as soon as possible, in both urban and rural areas. The Government is supporting commercial gigabit capable broadband deployment to the majority of the country (c. 80% of premises) by encouraging greater network competition and removing barriers to deployment.
To ensure that areas in the harder to reach 20% of the country – which are predominantly rural and more remote – get gigabit capable broadband in parallel to commercial build, the Budget committed the Government to invest £5 billion into these areas.