Government decides on SEK 200 million for continued broadband expansion in rural areas
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party are presenting new measures to strengthen digital infrastructure. Under the proposal in the additional amending budget, SEK 202.8 million will be provided to the Rural Development Programme for 2014–2020 to ensure that budget funds previously set aside to support broadband expansion can be paid.
The amount corresponds to the broadband funds previously ‘frozen’ by the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
In its broadband strategy, the Government has formulated objectives for broadband expansion for 2020, 2023 and 2025. It is mainly in areas beyond urban areas and small communities that the largest expansion is still to be completed.