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Government allocates £4.4m to improve Northern Ireland broadband capacity

Kathleen Hall

Northern Ireland is to receive £4.4m from the government to improve broadband connectivity.

The news comes as culture secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured) is expected to announce the allocation of the remaining £530m fund for improving broadband in rural communities this week.

The fund is designed to provide 90% of the UK with superfast broadband by 2015, and everyone with speeds of 2Mbps. The money comes from £230m left over from the BBC's digital switchover project, and £300m over two years from the BBC licence fee. A further £300m has been promised after 2015.

Wales is already set to receive £57m to help provide superfast broadband to homes and businesses in the country. In May, Jeremy Hunt announced that Wiltshire, Norfolk and Devon and Somerset would also receive £50m from the fund.

The remaining money will be shared among 40 areas including English councils, Scotland and Northern Ireland, according to The Observer.

Ofcom recently launched an interactive broadband map showing large areas of the UK that need investment in internet connectivity. According to the map, Wales, north west England and Scotland were the areas most lacking in connectivity.


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