Minister for Culture Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt, has outlined set out the Government's plans for a high speed broadband network for the UK.
The plans will see a 'digital hub' in every community in the country, as part of an £830 million strategy to make sure the UK has the best broadband network in Europe by 2015.
"A superfast network will be the foundation for a new economic dynamism, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and adding billions to our GDP," said Hunt during a speech earlier today at Reform. "But it is not just about the economy, around the world there are countless examples of superfast broadband helping to build a fairer and more prosperous society, and to transform the relationship between Government and citizens. And shifting Government services online will save billions of pounds of taxpayers' money."
The hubs will act as central digital points in each community, with high speed connections to the nearest exchange and communities working with local providers to extend networks to individual homes.
The plans also include: Cutting the costs of and access to infrastructure and increasing shared access by working with house builders to make new homes broadband ready, and cutting the costs of laying cable by clarifying the rules on streetworks, awarding spectrum for mobile services, investing £50 million in a second wave of test projects, on top of the four rural pilots we are currently running.
Image: Jeremy Hunt
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