Budget 2012: Super-connected cities announced - including London, Manchester and Newcastle
Chancellor George Osborne has announced the 10 cities that will benefit from a £100 million investment pot as part of the 2012 Budget.
Dubbed "super-connected cities", Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle will all be receiving governmental help in improving broadband speeds.
"By 2015, this will deliver ultrafast broadband coverage to 1.7 million households and 200,000 businesses in high growth areas, as well as high-speed wireless broadband for 3 million residents," said HM Treasury.
The four UK capitals - London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast will be the first to benefit.
Osborne also confirmed that the government will provide an additional £50 million to fund a second wave of ten smaller super-connected cities.
The coalition government also plans to extend mobile coverage to 60,000 rural homes and along at least ten key roads by 2015, including the A2 and A29 in Northern Ireland; the A57, A143, A169, A352, A360 and A591 in England; the A82(T) in Scotland; and the A470(T) in Wales - subject to planning permission. This will use the £150 million investment announced in the Autumn Statement 2011.
The government will also consider whether direct intervention is required to improve mobile coverage for rail passengers.
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