The government has committed an additional £250m of superfast broadband spend to increase coverage to 95% of the...
UK by 2017.
The announcement builds on current plans to provide nearly 90% of homes with access to fixed, superfast broadband by 2015.
But the additional broadband funding laid out in the Investing in Britain’s Future plan represent just 0.25% of the total £100bn worth of public investment in infrastructure projects in the five years to 2020.
The document also outlined plans for further investment in clearing high-value spectrum to support the growth in demand for next-generation mobile services and a further auction of 4G spectrum.
The government hopes to reach 99% of the population by working with industry to expand coverage using fixed, wireless and mobile broadband solutions by 2018.
“This is what the UK needs – a strategic, long term plan. It’s a plan to build, repair and renew our key infrastructure,” wrote chancellor George Osborne and chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, in a joint statement.
The document follows Osborne’s spending review that outlined plans to reduce government spending by £11.5bn in 2015-16, with further departmental cuts falling on the Cabinet Office, the Treasury, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.