Aberdeen, Brighton and Portsmouth to join ‘super-connected cities’ | 7 December 2012
Twelve British towns and cities will receive £50 million between them to become ‘super-connected’, reports bcs.org.
The money will go to Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Aberdeen, Coventry, York, Salford, Derby, Perth, Oxford, Newport and Derry; the investment is an expansion of the government’s super-connected cities programme, announced earlier this year.
For the places included, the money will go towards delivering ultrafast broadband and will likely be an attractive upgrade for properties in the area. Culture secretary Maria Miller pointed out that it could have a real economic impact.
Zdnet.com reports her as saying: “Fast broadband is essential for growth and the creation of jobs. We have made significant progress with our broadband programme over the last few months, cutting through red tape and that continues. The new investment will help to put these cities at the centre of the digital stage, competing for jobs and investment and supporting Britain in the global race.”
The expansion of the super-connected cities – which aims to deliver ultra-fast connectivity by 2015 – was announced in this week’s Autumn Statement; local authorities will need to put some of their own money into the pot to help deliver the broadband upgrade.
London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham were among the initial ten to benefit, with £100 million of government funds split between the cities.
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