UK Cities Will Get Better BroadbandAdded: Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
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They have announced a list of cities eligible to bid for super-fast broadband funding. However, the experts think that the cash might make no difference to a lot of British cities.
After the authorities have announced that the 4 capital cities in the United Kingdom will be awarded part of a £100 million fund created for developing high speed broadband, they revealed a list of cities who’ll scrap it out for broadband cash.
The permit to grab the remaining money and find themselves a part of the super-fast broadband project was given to Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, and Bradford. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is currently taking bids from the towns able to plead the best case for receiving the money, which will involve explanation of how they are going to use the 80-100 Mbps speeds to push growth. Meanwhile, the broadband will be supplied by ISPs BT and Virgin.
As you understand, the competition will mean that some cities will lose out on the cash. However, it still seems to make it easier to allocate the resources more fairly. Industry observers think that there are still doubts about the ability to make a difference to 10 cities taking into account the amount on the table. By limiting the funding to 4 pre-selected capital cities, and adding 6 out of the 10 cities only going to get into the project, the UK will least have an idea of how far the money will have to spread. The authorities pointed out that a lot of cities are already approaching existing targets for 2015, like Cardiff, despite the fact that such steps might have been made prior to any knowledge of further funding.
Mainly, the cities have been working towards improving Internet connection, though it is not clear whether some of their projects were going ahead with the prior knowledge that government funding might be available. However, experts agree that the offered amount is little in comparison to the scale of the task in improving broadband systems, but if the authorities will carefully target the worst served locations, it might make a difference. Nevertheless, the best people can expect is that the project will ensure broadband at speeds well above the 2 Mbps available everywhere.
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|Guessing your not British N0cturn4l, but where do you see anyone getting free internet in the UK from government? As for the funding, it is pathetic and a laugh £100 million divided over 6 cities, serious what do they hope to achive with such a low amount of tax payer funded money? You can be damn assured the ISP's of BT and Virgin will just pocket the money to add towards profits, since they both have plans to roll out nationwide 100mb services in the coming years anyway.|
|posted by (2011-12-28 03:03:45)|
|In Singapore fast internet is already available at a cheap price|
|posted by (2011-12-28 05:10:17)|
|yeah, some asian countries already have fast n cheap internet... wont happen here in the uk for at least another decade.. brits are really crap at planning, they cant even build houses properly|
|posted by (2011-12-28 05:26:38)|
|also, we've all had virtually every tax increased and still we're getting shitty roads, crappy services etc... at least we know where our money has gone: down the drain or to those lazy bastards who will not work.|
@lollingham: i would agree otherwise... BT and virgin WILL use the money, and they will make sure they make full use of the money, then they will start charging us ridiculous amounts for that speed for the next 3 to 5 years or until competition arrives, whichever comes first.
|Better broadband? I think we're going to need cheaper electricity first.|
|posted by (2011-12-28 14:07:01)|
|@6 lol...and gas...an petrol|
|not going to do much good except you'll hit your data cap allot faster? So not raising of eliminating the data cap is kinda wasting money by making the net faster.|
|wow love how my comment was censored, considering it had relevent comments to the original story and follow ups to other users off topic only comments, it is amazing how it go censored! Well I suppose recommending a beter government does not go down well with some ET mod/s?|
|Imagine Having Cheap Internet 4Mbps @ $33|
|I just spent the last half hour looking at the problem, and I think the following links relate very much to this article. Well, I guess links are verboten so here are the abbreviated forms: broadband.coop/Projects and rogerdarlington.me.uk/SAFB.html|
|thanx for the articles as always......what is the AVG speed most people over in the UK are currently getting??|
|Canadian company here (about to) launch broadband 250mbps for $134|
|i guess i shouldnt complain about my 200GB a month for $50 dollars US|
|Canada here i pay $60 a month for 20 mbps which i think is to expensive but at least i don't have a download cap,at $50 a month for 200 gigs i'd be pissed at my isp greymongel.||
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