Government unveil super-connected city plans
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?