English broadband bonanzas unveiled

By Gareth Morgan
16 Aug 2011 View Comments
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The government has published the final allocations of broadband funding to be made available to councils across England, as part of its £530m scheme to upgrade the UK’s broadband network.

In total, English counties will receive £294.8m, with a further £68.8m set aside for Scotland. The Scottish government will decide how that pot is allocated among its regions.

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Devon and Somerset are to be allocated the most money out the English regions, with more than £32m set to be invested in broadband in the region. Councils in Greater London will not get a penny, as they are presumed to be already well served by existing providers.

Investment in super-fast broadband was “vital to our economic growth”, said culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.

“But some areas of the UK are missing out, with many rural and hard-to-reach communities suffering painfully slow internet connections or no coverage at all. We are not prepared to let some parts of our country get left behind in the digital age.”

A full break down of allocations in England can be found here.

The government had previously confirmed the amounts being given to other areas, including Northern Ireland and Wales.

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