In today’s budget the Chancellor announced
make Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle super-connected cities, as part of the £100 million investment announced at Autumn Statement 2011.
By 2015 this will deliver ultrafast broadband coverage to 1.7 million households and 200,000 businesses in high growth areas as well as high-speed wireless broadband for three million residents. The Government will also provide an additional £50 million to fund a second wave of ten smaller super-connected cities.
Why is Cambridge missing from the first wave of implemention and no East of England cities are being considered. As a global “centre of expertise” for new communication technologies Cambridge needs to be the first UK city in which these technologies are deployed.