Residents and businesses in the eastern Polish voivodeship (province) of Swietokrzyskie are to benefit from a European-funded scheme to improve broadband internet access, involving 1,400km of fibre-optic cable being deployed across the region by the end of 2015 to make internet services available to 90% of its population. Only around 60% of Swietokrzyskie’s roughly 1.3 million inhabitants can currently connect to the internet, making it the least connected province in the country, news agency PAP reports. The Swietokrzyskie rollout (including largest provincial city Kielce) forms part of the Polish Eastern Broadband Network programme, under which the government has embarked on similar fibre projects in the Podlaskie, Lublin and Warmian-Masurian voivodeships. The Ministry of Infrastructure & Development confirmed that work will also shortly start in the Podkarpackie (also known as Subcarpathian) province, while a total of 10,000km of fibre is to be installed across eastern Poland over the next 20 months via the programme. The PLN1.2 billion (USD394 million) total cost of the scheme is being funded jointly by the Polish government and the European Union (EU). In the case of the Swietokrzyskie section, the roughly PLN200 million cost has been majority covered by EU funding to the tune of PLN156 million.
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