Government announces broadband cities.
The government has announced the split of the money for facilitating high-speed broadband in the UK.
Ten cities benefit from the project. which has been allocated £114m in total. London gets £25m. Leeds and Bradford get £14.4m each. Belfast gets £13.7m. Manchester gets £12m. Bristol gets £11.3m. Cardiff £11m. Edinburgh £10.7m. Birmingham £10m and Newcastle £6m. Another £50m is to be given to ten smaller cities.
The money is to be spent on improving broadband speeds. The ten cities should get 80Mbps broadband by 2015.The government says it wants to have 90% of the country able to access 24Mbps broadband or faster by 2015.
Much of this will be achieved by installing fibre to the cabinet. To this end planning restrictions on cabinets have been eased. Earlier this year the Kensington and Chelsea borough council rejected 96 out of 108 applications for planning permission for street cabinets for fibre optic cabling.