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Maria Miller announces £114m broadband investment to boost nationwide growth

Ten cities around the country will share £114 of broadband funding to make them super-connected cities

The investment, announced today by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, will help the ten cities transform into ‘super-connected cities’.

By offering high-tech and digital companies the infrastructure they need, the cities will be able to compete for business, investment and jobs with the world’s top digital cities.

The four UK capital cities along with Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds & Bradford, Newcastle and Manchester will share the funding.

It will help provide businesses with ultrafast broadband (at least 80-100Mbps) and well as high speed wireless Internet access.

City allocations

  • Belfast £13.7 million
  • Birmingham £10 million
  • Bristol £11.3 million 
  • Cardiff £11 million  
  • Edinburgh £10.7 million 
  • Leeds & Bradford (joint bid) £14.4 million 
  • London £25 million 
  • Manchester £12 million 
  • Newcastle £6 million

“Fast broadband is essential for growth, and is key to the country’s economic future,” said Culture Secretary Maria Miller. “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.”

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