United Kingdom


  • Service: Tax, Budget 2012
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 21/03/2012

Budget 2012: Boost for virtual city infrastructure 

Wednesday 21 March 2012


Kru Desai, KPMG’s head of Local and Regional Government, comments on the Chancellor’s announcement that ten cities will receive investment in ultrafast broadband and wireless access:


“Investing in their virtual infrastructure gives the cities that have successfully bid for a share of the government’s £100m urban broadband fund another string to their bow when it comes to marketing themselves as an attractive and modern business base.


“Offering seamless citywide access to ultrafast broadband will appeal to businesses, especially SMEs which tend to find it hardest to meet their digital needs, putting the beneficiary cities in a stronger position to compete as a base for business; supporting their economic growth objectives."


The ten cities which will receive the funding are: Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle.


The Chancellor also announced a new pot of £50m funding for smaller cities, though details are yet to be revealed.





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