UK allocates additional £250m towards superfast broadband roll-out

Networking

by CBR Staff Writer| 26 February 2014

England to get lion's share of £184.34m.

The UK government has allocated an additional £250m towards the superfast broadband roll-out in rural areas, as part of its long-term economic scheme to allow Brits access to superfast broadband.

Out of the overall funding, England will get lion's share of about £184.34m, with Scotland receiving £20.99m, followed by Wales and Northern Ireland with a share of £12.11m and £7.24m respectively.

UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller said superfast broadband will benefit everyone - whether they need it for work, to do homework or simply to download music or films.

"Thousands of homes and businesses now have access and it is helping people with their everyday tasks," Miller said.

"We want to make sure that Britain is one of the best countries in the world for broadband, and the extra £250m we are investing will help ensure communities around the UK are not left behind in the digital slow lane."

The latest funding is in addition to the £1.2bn investment by central and local government, as part of plans to offer 95% of UK homes and businesses with access to superfast broadband by 2017.

The funding would also facilitate over 100,000 Welsh homes and businesses to access superfast speeds, with over 10,000 homes and businesses across the UK gaining access every week and reach 40,000 per week by summer.

UK Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones, said the latest announcement is a clear indication of the commitment of the UK Government to the Superfast Broadband project across Wales and the United Kingdom as a whole.

"Over 100,000 premises in Wales have already benefited from superfast broadband rollout thanks to the £57million already invested by the UK Government, and I am delighted that this further investment will see that number grow substantially," Jones said.

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