Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced that ten UK cities will share a forthcoming £114 million investment into broadband.
The funding will be shared by the four UK capital cities along with Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds & Bradford, Newcastle and Manchester.
The investment aims to transform the ten cities into ‘super-connected cities’ by offering high-tech and digital companies the infrastructure, aiding them in competing for business, investment and jobs with the world’s top digital cities.
It will help provide businesses with ultrafast broadband, at least 80-100Mbps, as well as high speed wireless Internet access.
The ten cities’ plans include taking ultrafast broadband access to an extra 230,000 residential and 55,000 business premises as well as high speed wireless to even more. All the plans are due to be delivered by 2015.
The allocations to each city are:
- Belfast £13.7m
- Birmingham £10m
- Bristol £11.3m
- Cardiff £11m
- Edinburgh £10.7m
- Leeds & Bradford (joint bid) £14.4m
- London £25m
- Manchester £12m
- Newcastle £6m
Miller said: “Fast broadband is essential for growth, and is key to the country’s economic future. These ten cities have produced ambitious and comprehensive plans, which will turn them into digital leaders, and give their local economies a real boost. The new investment will help put these cities at the centre of the digital stage, competing for jobs and investment with the best in the world.”
The Government is transforming the UK’s digital infrastructure as a key driver of jobs and economic growth. It is investing a total of £830 million in delivering the best broadband in Europe and extending mobile coverage.
A second super-connected city fund was also announced in the Budget, which will see around a further £50 million shared between ten smaller cities.