Stimulating private sector investment to achieve a transformation in broadband in the UK

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Investing in super-connected cities

In 2011, the government set aside £100 million for an Urban Broadband Fund (UBF) that will create up to ten ‘super-connected’ cities across the UK. This was followed in 2012 by a further fund of £50 million for a ‘second wave’ covering a further 12 cities to benefit from this programme.

The super-connected cities will benefit from faster and better broadband for small businesses, with a voucher scheme launched to contribute towards the costs of connections for those businesses.

In addition, almost all of the participating cities will deploy wireless coverage to city centres and inside public buildings with funding from Broadband Delivery UK.

Having faster and more reliable broadband connections in existing commercial centres will help to create new jobs and investment, and make the UK a more attractive place to visit and do business.

The participating super-connected cities are:

  • Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Leeds and Bradford (joint proposal), London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, Portsmouth, Salford and York in England;

  • Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Perth in Scotland;

  • Cardiff and Newport in Wales;

  • Belfast and Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland.