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Fast Broadband Cash for 10 UK Cities

10 UK cities, including Bristol, have been granted money by the government to allow them to create super fast broadband networks.

London will receive £25million, the largest amount being offered from the £114million budget. The second largest allowance is £14.4million, which will be received by Leeds and Bradford.

The money will be used to build city-wide networks, offering homes and businesses speeds of up to 100Mbps. By 2015 the government hopes to give the UK the fastest broadband in Europe.

A further £50m is to be awarded to ten smaller cities, including Bristol.

New culture secretary Maria Miller promised last week to cut the red tape associated with broadband rollouts.
She hopes that the city networks can be built 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.

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,” she added.

Alongside the government money, each city is expected to invest some of its own funds in the broadband projects.
Bristol will receive £11.3million. The other 7 cities, including, Belfast, Edinburgh and Newcastle will receive amounts ranging from £6-£13million. Plans are expected to bring superfast broadband access (offering speeds between 80 and 100 megabits per second) to around an extra 230,000 residential and 55,000 business premises as well as high speed wireless to even more.

All the networks are due to be completed by 2015.

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