Broadband relegated to page 68 of Summer Budget
The Summer Budget held the potential to set out Conservative broadband plans for the next few years, but it looks like it is business as usual beyond a small paragraph on page 68 of the full budget document that was not even mentioned in the speech itself.
"1.318 To support connectivity in the South West, the government will allocate up to £10 million to the broadband programme from April 2016. The fund will be available for local projects to bid into, with priority given to those delivering ultrafast speeds of 100mbps and above. Broadband Delivery UK will start working with local projects immediately to determine the most effective way of delivering this support."Sole mention of broadband in Budget
Given the political football that now exists with Devon and Somerset one can only presume this is money aimed at Cornwall which with its availability of native FTTP at 27.5% (native FTTP offers 40 Mbps to 330 Mbps connection options) is already doing very well for ultrafast coverage as a distinctly rural part of the country.
There is a very small possibility that this extra money and the phrasing may point to a more hands on approach by the BDUK and Westminster in the CDS project area, the extra funding and speed being a teaser to get district councils back around the negotiating table with people like BT and/or Gigaclear.