Fastest broadband in the West (of Europe)
20th September 2012
UK Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt claimed the UK will have the fastest broadband of any major European country by 2015. Impressive claims if true. Putting an additional £300m of the government's money where it's mouth is, Mr Hunt outlined plans to support private firms who deliver Fibre To The Premises (FTTP). Unlike his predecessors Mr Hunt refused to be drawn on how fast is fast enough, but figures of 80, 100 Mbps and 1Gbps were being bandied around.
The money is actually going to come from the television licence fee, and BT is likely to snap up the lions share of this with their ongoing FTTP rollout. Indeed, they've just signed a £40m deal with Norfolk.
Part of this money is the Superconnected City Fund, and it was announced today that London has been awarded £25m from that pot to provide 100Mbps to the Royal Docks and Shoreditch in East London. London Mayor Boris Johnson said it was an "ambitious and innovative plan to provide crucial digital infrastructure improvements" to around 92,000 residential and 17,200 business locations.
Mr Hunt has since been reshuffled to Health, and Maria Miller is the new Culture secretary, so we'll be interested to see if she is planning any changes for the UK's broadband agenda.