Earlier in the year, the government set aside £114million to be invested in high-speed broadband projects across the country.
Today the amounts per city have been announced and I’m glad to see that Manchester is awarded a large portion of the cash. Manchester gets the 4th biggest share of the money, receiving £12m, to become one of the UK’s “super-connected cities”, with only London, Leeds and Bradford receiving more.
All this comes as part of the Coalition government’s plan to make the UK the fastest broadband provider in Europe by 2015 through a series of investments totaling almost £830 million. Manchester alone is expected to offer ultrafast broadband speeds of up to 100mbps, a 20% increase on the current speed, to almost 300,000 properties.
Faster broadband and better connectivity are vital in ensuring the UK remains a competitive force in the digital age and the expectation is that this investment will be a key driver in jobs and economic growth.
When this plan was originally announced it was welcomed by Manchester Chief exec, Sir Howard Bernstein, who said that it was central to Manchester’s aim “to be one of the world’s top 20 digital cities.”