Osborne puts broadband first in Budget

Summary:The development of broadband networks in the UK is a priority for the government, chancellor George Osborne said during his Budget speech on Wednesday.The National Infrastructure Plan, outlined during the speech, identifies broadband as one of the projects first in line for government funding over the next decade.

The development of broadband networks in the UK is a priority for the government, chancellor George Osborne said during his Budget speech on Wednesday.

The National Infrastructure Plan, outlined during the speech, identifies broadband as one of the projects first in line for government funding over the next decade. Osborne said he wanted to "turn Britain into Europe's technology centre" and to do this the UK needs "the best technology infrastructure".

UK Budget

George Osborne has presented the latest UK Budget, which includes £50m for super-fast broadband provision in small cities. Image credit: The Prime Minister's Office/Crown copyright

The chancellor announced £50m will be set aside to pay for super-fast broadband and Wi-Fi connectivity in small cities, to add to the funding going to 10 large cities in the country: Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and London.

"We should not be complacent by saying it is enough to be the best in Europe when countries like Korea and Singapore do even better," Osborne said.

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