UK Government adds £14m to broadband pot

Ten cities to benefit from the extra cash

The government has added £14m to previously capped broadband pot that will benefit ten "super-connected" cities over the next three years

The extra cash has been syphoned from an £830m fund for installing fibre optic broadband across the country and was announced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport this week.

The ten super-connected cities were chosen last year following a competition and the extra money will be drip-fed over the next three years as the installation work continues.

Each super-connected city will receive a slice of the £114m pie and the breakdown is as follows: 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.

In real terms, the new funding means fibre optic broadband can extend to around 230,000 homes and 55,000 buisneses by 2015.

“These ten cities have produced ambitious and comprehensive plans, which will turn them into digital leaders, and give their local economies a real boost," said Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

"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.”

via: ZDNet