Region committed to super-fast broadband

22nd Mar 2012


Nottingham is committed to super-fast broadband despite government funding blow

Chancellor George Osborne has announced which cities will benefit from a £100m pot of Treasury cash aimed at making them "super-connected".

These are London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

He also announced a further £50m to improve net access in 10 unnamed "smaller cities".

Mr Osborne said that he wanted the UK to become "Europe's technology centre".

The super-connected cities were first announced in Mr Osborne's autumn statement when he pledged £100m to create 100Mbps (megabit per second) citywide networks in 10 urban areas.

Syntax’s Director of IT Permanent Recruitment, Jeremy Gibson, comments, “Whilst it is disappointing that Nottingham’s bid for the Governments funding for super-fast broadband hasn’t been successful, the positive response from the City’s businesses such as Craig Chettle (MD Confetti Media Group) is a sign of the city’s confidence in its creative and digital industry.”

Craig commented: "While today's news is disappointing we will continue to support efforts to secure the infrastructure that will connect creative businesses, already renowned for their creative talent, to the international marketplace, thereby ensuring opportunities for global success are created and maximised".  

"We believe superfast broadband is key to unlocking the city’s economic potential and will continue to work with the private sector and central government to ensure the city is included in the second wave."

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