Government unveil super-connected city plans

21 December 2011

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Our beloved Government who are doing an excellent job all round have gone and revealed which cities are eligible to apply to be one of the UK's "super-connected" areas.

Isn't that exciting? And, of course, bound to go massively wrong at some point, probably deleting the entire internet forever or something.

Anyway, London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast are almost certain to benefit from a boosted BT and Virgin infrastructure, expected to deliver broadband at a whopping 80-100Mbps.

Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Sheffield, as well as any city with over 150,000 dwellings are also eligible to apply and they've got 'til 13th February to show how they would use their status as a super-connected city to boost business.

“We must ensure the UK has a broadband network fit for the digital age,” said culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. “Transforming communities into super-connected cities will enable them to compete with the world’s top digital cities. It will help them attract new jobs and new investment and make the UK a place where digital businesses look to come.”

BT said: "BT is already upgrading large parts of these cities with fibre broadband and these funds could help us go even further. It's important for the public and private sector to work together if the UK is to have the best possible broadband network, so we look forward to working with the selected cities to see what can be achieved."

Now. How much more is it going to cost us all?

TOPICS:   Technology   UK News   Broadband


  • Aelynn
    80-100Mbps, uh? I'd be happier if they upgraded the Sawston exchange so I could get something higher than 0.5Mbps, thank you very much. It's all very well to promise super speeds in cities, but how about ensuring a minimum decent speed everywhere first?
  • LD
    Going for % head of population/'average speed' as per usual - so the UK doesn't look so bad in the World broadband speed League table .....
  • Samantha
    Gah! Fibre was a good idea, a few years ago. And it might still be useful but not at great expense. We have wireless technologies now that would provide very fast broadband to very large areas much more cheaply and could be easily rolled out to more rural areas, if only the frickin government would let people get on with it. Where the hell is WiMax? Where is 4G? Where is 802.22? Free up the p*ssing spectrums already and let people build the infrastructure. Instead of every possible excuse to dig up the road.
  • Mike H.
    To be fair, they can delete the internet now, I have all the porn I need, not to mention the movies, music & software I will ever need.
  • Richard M.
    Quite honestly I cannot see how having 'super-connected' or 'super-fast' broadband is going to make one iota of difference to the UK jobs market or our ability to do 'digital business'. Come to that, what the heck is 'digital business'?! Surely the 'digital' bit is just the means by which we communicate, not so much an actual business in itself. No amount of fast broadband is going to bring real jobs back to Britain in a world that is in recession.
  • Politiciansarescum
    Why is the Culture Secretary talking about broadband infrastructure and investing for business? Because Vince Cable wanted to keep his job and got the taxpayer to pay to hive of part of his department to Culture. Whose interests are you really looking after Vince?
  • james D.
    Richard it could make a huge difference to the UK service sector. Myself I mostly provide my technical skills to the US from Cardiff already. In the uk we have have highly educated labour pool who speak very good english. Most of the US expects london wages from a UK employee but they are starting to realise that they can get a very good employee in other UK cities for a very reasonable price. But without the broadband infrastructure to support them we cannot leverage that.

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