City’s broadband fund opportunity

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SHEFFIELD is among major cities being invited to bid for a share of £100 million Government funding to pay for superfast broadband internet.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that investment will be guaranteed for Britain’s four capital cities, while the eight other ‘core cities’ including Sheffield will be invited to bid for a grant.

Mr Hunt said six of the core cities - which also include Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Manchester - would be invited to come up with schemes to improve broadband internet networks.

The best six projects will be granted funding.

Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “This is great news for Sheffield. With the support of the Coalition, Sheffield can become a super city with a modern, thriving economy.

“I am determined to do all I can to create jobs and growth for Sheffield and the whole country. That’s why we are investing millions in South Yorkshire to help businesses.”

As part of their proposal to the fund, Sheffield and other cities will have to bid for a share of the £100 million and detail how they will use it. BT and Virgin will strengthen their networks in the winning cities. Government cash will be reserved for services beyond what the market will provide.