Magazine article Screen International

UK Government Commits [Pounds]363m to Broadband Roll-Out

Magazine article Screen International

UK Government Commits [Pounds]363m to Broadband Roll-Out

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Counties in England are set to get £294.8m, and Scotland £68.8m, in a move that has significant implications for the film industry.

DCMS Secretary Jeremy Hunt today announced that the UK government is committing £363m to taking broadband to hard-to-reach homes and businesses in England and Scotland.

Counties in England are set to get £294.8m, and Scotland £68.8m.

The commitment is part of £530m the Government has pledged to UK broadband improvement by 2015. It aims for 90% of homes and businesses to have access to superfast broadband and for everyone in the UK to have access to at least 2Mbps.

Hunt said: "I am absolutely determined that the UK will have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015 - one that we all benefit from. Fast broadband is absolutely vital to our economic growth, to delivering public services effectively, and to conducting our everyday lives.

"But some areas of the UK are missing out, with many rural and hard-to-reach communities suffering painfully slow internet connections or no coverage at all. We are not prepared to let some parts of our country get left behind in the digital age.

"The Government is investing £530 million of public money to help bring broadband to every home and business in the UK. …

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