12 smaller cities announced by Chancellor for ultrafast funding
In the Autumn Statement the smaller cities that will benefit from a share of £50m funding have been announced. The original list of 27 cities announced earlier in 2012, was expected to be whittled down to 10, but todays announcement has an extra two cities.
Brighton & Hove, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Oxford, Portsmouth, Salford, York, Newport, Aberdeen, Perth and Londonderry
The key now will be to see what the local broadband plans are for each of the cities and what they are considering to be ultrafast broadband, with Openreach due to make 330 Mbps widely available in cities, and Virgin Media continuing its upgrades from 100 Mbps to 120 Mbps. An interesting city to be missing from the list is Southampton, who earlier in the year broke away from the BDUK funding scheme to chase the city funding.
Update 1:30pm: The National Infrastructure Plan has been updated and confirms that the 12 smaller cities are still sharing a fund of £50m. There had been a small hope that the fund may have increased in size when the number of cities rose from 10 to 12.