The EU has given its approval for plans to provide broadband to rural parts of the United Kingdom.
It is understood that permission from the EU needed to be sought as the project is partially aided by the state.
Following the decision, locations including Wales and Surrey will be among the first to start superfast broadband projects.
Projects scheduled for places such as Cumbria, Rutland, Hereford and Gloucestershire are due to begin shortly.
This move follows the Government pledge to provide broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps for everyone in the UK by 2015.
The Government has set aside £530 million to fund the roll out across the UK.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Government will adhere to its original timescale of 2015.