UK Government Details Broadband Funding

The UK government has announced the county-by-county
breakdown of its investment in UK’s broadband network.

The government committed to investing a total of £530
million, called the “digital Britain” fund, to ensure that 90 per cent of people
in hard-to-reach homes and businesses having access to superfast broadband and
for everyone in the UK to have access to at least 2Mbps.

Wales (£56.9m) and Northern Ireland (£4.4m) have already
been allocated their share of the pot and Culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt today
announced the breakdown of the £362m which England and Scotland will get.

English counties are set to receive £294m while Scotland
will get £68.8m. Hunt also announced the breakdown of the allocation to the
various counties in England with some getting a lot more than others dependent
on the percentage of so-called “notspots” within the county.

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Cumbria will be the county getting the most money (£17m) to
try and connect the 96 per cent notspots to fast broadband. In contrast London
will receive no money as the government believes private investment should
ensure everyone in the capital has access to fast broadband speeds.

Announcing the allocation of the money, Hunt said: “Fast
broadband is absolutely vital to our economic growth, to delivering public
services effectively, and to conducting our everyday lives. But some areas of
the UK are missing out, with many rural and hard-to-reach communities suffering
painfully slow internet connections or no coverage at all. We are not prepared
to let some parts of our country get left behind in the digital age.”

The funding is aimed at getting super fast broadband to the
one third of households the government believes won’t be services by private
companies. The investment is part of the government’s lofty aim to create the “best superfast broadband network in Europe” by 2015. The culture secretary urged those “suffering the frustration of slow
internet connections” to tell their local representatives that they expect to
get access to the fund.

Source: Department of Culture, Media and Sport

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