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The cities allowed to enter the next round of urban broadband funding announced

The push to make the UK look uber cool with respect to broadband continues. The Chancellor announced a further £50m of funding for smaller cities in his most recent budget, some six weeks later the actual 27 cities that can enter this race have been announced.

Aberdeen, Brighton & Hove, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Exeter, Gloucester, Kingston upon Hull, Leicester, Londonderry / Derry, Newport, Norwich, Oxford, Perth, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Salford, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Wolverhampton and York.

Twenty-seven cities in running for ultrafast broadband cash

The criteria for being in the list is that the city has a Royal Charter and comprises more than 45,000 homes and businesses, reduced to 35,000 for Northern Ireland.

Only ten cities will be chosen so the odds are stacked against each bid, and the money is meant to only be used in areas where will not be served by ultrafast broadband by the private sector. In cities like York who already have Virgin Media, BT FTTC and FTTP and CityFibre starting to deploy, identifying a contiguous area within the city boundary may prove challenging. Londonderry also is rare in that all its BT street cabinets have a corresponding fibre to the cabinet buddy, which will at present not really cover the 80 to 100 Mbps requirement, but with vectoring it may do in a couple of years, and the announcement of FTTP on Demand for all FTTC areas raises the question, is that on-demand aspect enough?

For those in the most rural 10% of the UK, who will scream what about the widening digital divide? This news is not going to reduce the volume of their screams.


And the relevance of the Royal Charter is? You've gotta laugh . . .

  • mervl
  • over 8 years ago

Presume the Royal Charter is to stop large towns entering.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

And now I can see why there was a scrabble for the extra jubilee city charters if extra money will be handed out to small cities as oppose to large towns for urban projects.

  • undecidedadrian
  • over 8 years ago

both . . . or even the much larger number of non-metropolitan towns without a Royal Charter!!

  • mervl
  • over 8 years ago

They should have already roiled out FTTP by now to every city and major town at least,

  • tommy45
  • over 8 years ago

what is it with treating cities as biddign companies? they all should get funding, not just 10. I am guessing the cities which least need the help (highest potential) will get the money.

  • chrysalis
  • over 8 years ago

K U Hull have NO private investment for broadband.
ie KC only , NO BT,NO Virgin etc etc. !!

  • postie90
  • over 8 years ago

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