New super-connected cities revealed

Funding for fibre broadband and high-speed Wi-Fi in Aberdeen, Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Derry, Newport, Oxford, Perth, Portsmouth, Salford and York annouced in Chancellor's autumn statement.

George Osborne has unveiled a second wave of broadband funding to create 12 new 'super-connected' cities.

Announced in the chancellor's autumn statement, the £50million investment will be used to boost connectivity in 12 locations through the development of superfast fibre optic and high-speed wireless broadband networks.

The 12 cities to recieve funding are:

  • Aberdeen
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Cambridge
  • Coventry
  • Derby
  • Derry/Londonderry
  • Newport
  • Oxford
  • Perth
  • Portsmouth
  • Salford
  • York

Culture secretary Maria Miller, in charge of the UK's broadband strategy, said: "Fast broadband is essential for growth and the creation of jobs. The 12 cities have produced ambitious and comprehensive plans, which will turn them into digital leaders and give local economies a real boost."

Back in March, announcing the 2012 Budget, Osborne outlined initial plans for 10 super-connected cities. The first wave of funding went to:

  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bradford
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Edinburgh
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle

Last week, it was announced Leeds and Bradford would soon each be getting a high-speed wireless broadband network, giving city centre visitors free Wi-Fi access.

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