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Government to create superfast broadband 'zones'

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The government is hoping to stimulate UK growth by creating 21 “Enterprise Zones” with superfast internet connections.

Superfast broadband connections are to be rolled out to more parts of the UK, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne promised in yesterday's budget.

The government said superfast broadband will be supplied to 21 new "Enterprise Zones" through a "supportive planning environment and, if necessary, public funding".

Exactly when the first Enterprise Zones will be created wasn't confirmed, but the Chancellor said parts of Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham and the Black Country have all been earmarked for Enterprise Zones.

An Enterprise Zone will be created in London by Mayor Boris Johnson.

The Zones are primarily designed as a way of stimulating local fiscal growth, so the government will also provide each with tax breaks and less restrictive planning considerations.