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£363 Million to Invest in Broadband Infrastructure (England & Scotland)

As part of the Government’s £530 million investment in the UK’s broadband network, the Government has announced how much money has been allocated to each English county and to Scotland. English counties are set to receive £294.8 million and Scotland £68.8 million. This investment aims to ensure that the UK has the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, with 90 per cent of homes and businesses having access to superfast broadband and for everyone in the UK to have access to at least 2Mbps. 

 To access these investment pots, local authorities or local enterprise partnership will lead broadband roll-out in their area, draw up an effective delivery plan, and match the Government’s investment with European, their own or private funds.

 In Scotland the Scottish Government will need to consider how best to use the funds.

 Funding allocation announcements have already been made for Wales and Northern Ireland. £56.9 million has already been allocated to support Broadband development in Wales with £4.4 million allocated to improving Broadband in Northern Ireland. The funding announced will help take broadband to the premises not covered by the existing scheme.  The Government also announced that the Government plans to hold a pilot in Northern Ireland to explore ways of taking superfast broadband to all homes and businesses.

 For more information on the allocations for each area please click: www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/8389.aspx