We’ve heard the government mull over the idea of “super-connected” cities before, but this time the Chancellor has made it part of the country’s budget. He’s allocated some £100 million pounds from the Treasury to force-up broadband speeds to at least 100Mbps in 10 of the UK’s major cities including the capitals, plus Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
George Osborne said that he wanted the UK to become “Europe’s technology centre”, and that the £100 million would be used to create citywide 100Mbps networks within urban areas. The four UK capitals – London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, will be the first to benefit from the cash with Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle joining in later. There’s a further £50 million allocated for “smaller” cities across the UK too, so if you’re not in one of the super-connected cities, hopefully your broadband will still get a kick in the pants.
With BT rolling out 80Mbps fibre within the year and Virgin already running a 100Mbps+ network, we’re not that far off a 100Mbit future for all. Let’s just hope the money isn’t squandered; £100 million isn’t all that much when it comes to infrastructure like broadband. Fibre for all is the dream – who doesn’t want superfast fibre? [BBC]