SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM – MORE Than £10m has been set aside to bring better broadband to south west England, as part of chancellor George Osborne’s new budget.
In his inaugural budget since the Conservative victory in the 2015 elections, Mr Osborne stated that the south west deserved ‘better digital connectivity’ and promised cash to support local internet schemes.
Subsequently, ultrafast broadband projects aiming to deliver speeds of 100mbps solutions to homeowners and businesses will now be given the chance to apply for funding.
It is thought that the money could be made available from the TV licence fee, which will continue to contribute to the funding of BDUK, until the early 2020s.
In a previous budget delivered in March 2015, Mr Osborne said the government would invest up to £600 million which would also deliver better mobile networks.
The government has also set aside a new aspiration that ultrafast broadband of at least 100 megabits per second should become available ‘to nearly all’ UK premises.
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