Autumn Statement: More UK cities to get superfast broadband

Twelve more UK cities are to get superfast fibre optic broadband, funded by £50 million of government investment, according to George Osborne's Autumn Statement.

Under the scheme, homes and businesses will benefit from broadband speeds of up to 100 megabytes (MB) per second.

How the funding will be divided between the newly announced cites has not yet been revealed but all superfast networks are due to be completed by 2015.

The added cities include Aberdeen, Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Derry-Londonderry, Newport, Oxford, Perth, Portsmouth, Salford and York.

Today's announcement adds to the programme launched in September that saw 10 major UK cities awarded a share of £114 million to finance city-wide superfast broadband.

Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester and Newcastle will also receive funding through the programme.

Your Comments

All 'Broadband' speeds are essentially the same, ie. at or near to the Speed Of Light.  Neither the Government nor ISPs can do anything to affect this.
What can, however, vary in respect of 'broadband' provision is the Data Transfer Rate (Rate for short).  The Rate is measured in Mb/s.

Can someone please explain how this works .... The government subsidises the the installation of fibre optic networks ( from tax payers money) then the network providers charge a premium to have superfast / higher capacity broadband connections ?????