UK Chancellor Osborne announces 10 super connected cities

by Maija Palmer | Financial Times | November 29, 2011


Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has declared the United Kingdom will pledge £100m ($157m) to help create 10 “super-connected” cities across the UK. These cities will have access to broadband speeds of 80 to 100 megabits a second.

Broadband was among the 500 infrastructure projects that the government will pursue in the next 10 years.

“It means creating new superfast digital networks for companies across our country. These do not exist today. See what countries like China or Brazil are building, and you’ll also see why we risk falling behind the rest of the world,” Mr Osborne said.

“Our great cities are at the heart of our regional economies. And we will help bring world-leading, superfast broadband and WiFi connections to 10 of them – including the capitals of all four nations.”

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