North Holland to provide loan guarantee for rural broadband

Monday 22 May 2017 | 11:17 CET | News
The Dutch province of North Holland announced it will provide support for local broadband projects designed to improve speeds in rural and outlying areas. This follows a motion passed by the provincial parliament in November 2016 for the province to develop a vision for improving digital networks in the region. The province said it will provide a guarantee for loans needed to finance local initiatives. 

Around half the affected rural areas already have plans for deploying fibre networks, but many struggle to agree the required financing. This includes projects such as Breedband Alkmaar Buiten, Breedband Beemster, Breedband Hollands Kroon, Glasvezel Texel and Breedband Loosdrecht. Around 18,000 addresses in rural areas of the province lack fast broadband and no commercial party has plans to deploy or upgrade. 

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