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Faster broadband on the horizon

If you live in any of the following cities then you will soon benefit as part of a £5billion increase in infrastructure spending. George Osborne said he would improve the broadband in 10 cities across the UK, including London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. Further cities, likely to include Milton Keynes and Bristol, are set to be announced in the future. Companies such as BT and Virgin will be able to bid for money to improve wireless or fixed-line coverage in cities, in a bid to create ‘hubs’ that will drive economic growth and offer speeds of 80 – 100 Mbps.

If you live in the countryside or you run a rural business you could benefit from proposals too, with plans for rural broadband is already set to receive £530m in this parliament, although not all of that funding has yet been allocated. Mr Osborne also announced in his Autumn Statement the release of more government data, on road works, railways and other information, which he hopes will encourage software developers to write applications for Smartphones and computers. Rural broadband campaigners claim that such small businesses would be more likely to be based outside cities if investment was directed toward improving networks in the countryside.