Government announces share of UK broadband pot

Government announces share of UK broadband pot

The government has outlined its plans to share out the money it promised to ten UK cities to allow them to create superfast broadband networks.

London will receive the lion's share of the £114 million pot, with £25 million set to be spent on improving connectivity in the capital.

Leeds and Bradford will receive the second largest amount, but will have to split the £14.4 million awarded to them.

The money provided by the government will be used to build city-wide networks, which will provide businesses with internet speeds of up to 100Mbps, as part of the aim to give the UK the fastest broadband in Europe by 2015.

A further £50 million is to be awarded to ten smaller cities around the UK and with new culture secretary Maria Miller promising to broadband cut red tape, it is hoped the networks will be up-and-running soon.

"These 10 cities have produced ambitious and comprehensive plans, which will turn them into digital leaders, and give their local economies a real boost," she said.