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Enterprise Zones to deliver super-fast broadband for businesses
Wednesday 23 March 2011 15:41:06 by John Hunt

The 2011 Budget delivered today by Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to implement 21 "Enterprise Zones" which would receive tax breaks and planning considerations, but also feature super-fast broadband connections to businesses in the area. The zones echo a similar initiative from the 1980's which tout London's Docklands as the big success story.

These Enterprise Zones are to be set up in Birmingham and Solihull, Bristol, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, Leeds, Liverpool, Greater Manchester, Sheffield, the Tees Valley, Tyneside and The Black Country. A further ten zones, including one in London, will be announced later in the summer which will be open to bidding from interested communities.

"Government support to ensure superfast broadband is rolled out in the zone. This will be achieved through guaranteeing the most supportive planning environment and, if necessary, public funding."

2011 Budget

Of course, if any funding for this is forthcoming from the government purses, it is not clear who would pay for it. With BDUK, set up to help deliver fibre to every community, it is quite possible that this could be used to enable these enterprise zones with fast connectivity.


Posted by Saltank over 6 years ago
Please stop calling it "super-fast", this is so incorrect! As if 'super fast' broadband, as in those HTC Android ads is even broadband. What a bunch of trash. Sure, VM 50Mbit - could perhaps go with super fast broadband, but everything is should be either 'fast broadband' or just 'standard broadband'.
Posted by infinidim over 6 years ago
They say "superfast" broadband but from companies like BT Retail you get a good sync speed but not a good throughput. Lets get this fixed and provide the service that we should be getting!!!
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
And how many are VM and/or FTTC areas???
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
@Somerset I'm not sure if the specific areas have been chosen yet.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
See how parliament wastes time on broadband questions:
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Leeds, excellent well if they enable and rollout Leeds with FTTC it surely means I've a better chance at getting it for residential?
Posted by ElBobbo over 6 years ago
There's no indication on what qualifies as "super-fast" yet, this is just offering tax breaks and similar government contributions to anyone willing to install such a network.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Well broadband used to be 512k, based on that I'd call a 20Mb connection fast and 40Mb and above super fast?

Anyway who cares what its called?
Posted by TaRkADaHl over 6 years ago
@infinidim - And you think the £15-£20 you pay per month is enough to justify hitting the sync speed continually for throughput?

If you want the sync speed continually get a leased line.

You get what you pay for, and few in this country are wiling to pay for a service so what do you expect.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
And that is the big problem TaRkADaHl people pay peanuts but expect SLA's on their internet provision which business pay a fortune for... you can't have the same level of service for residential for a pittance whilst charging businesses much much more for a very similar set-up.

Its a bit of a mess really, these faster speeds (Virgin 50Mb & FTTC) should be more expensive, but then some are happy with their current speeds so wouldn't switch anyway, look at Cardiff and FTTC its sooo cheap but people aren't even moving to it at its low price never mind a higher price.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
"BDUK has defined superfast broadband as having a potential headline access speed of at least 20Mbps, with no upper limit. Typically, at a wholesale level, the underlying capability can be measured in gigabits. The retail market then takes this capability and delivers affordable propositions."
Posted by chrysalis over 6 years ago
I think I need to move, leics is getting no breaks, its in a worse state than both derby and nottingham economically and yet those 2 are enteprise zones, liverpool is hardly poor and is in the list as well. How do these zones get picked?
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