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Budget 2012: Leeds, Manchester and London among 10 cities to benefit from 'ultra-fast broadband fund'


By The Drum Team | Editorial

March 21, 2012 | 2 min read

The chancellor George Osborne today announced the 10 cities which will share £100m of funding to speed up their broadband infrastructure.

Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle will become "super-connected cities", Osborne said during his Budget announcement.

The chancellor told the House of Commons: "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 three million residents. The government will also provide an additional £50m to fund a second wave of ten smaller super-connected cities."

The investment in broadband was first announced in the chancellor's autumn statement. At the time the government said the £100m would be used to up broadband speeds to 80-100 megabits per second and provide high-speed mobile connectivity in the 10 successful cities.

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