The government will trial super-fast broadband in the Highlands, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Herefordshire, it announced in its Spending Review.
Next-generation broadband is among a handful of projects to survive the cuts, which will see £83bn wiped from public spending.
The BBC has agreed to contribute £300m towards the £530m total cost of funding rural broadband.
The rest of the money has been set aside from the digital switch-over.
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