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Superfast Broadband for York Welcomed


6:22am 6th December 2012

Politicians from across the all three main parties in York have welcomed the Chancellor's announcement that the city will get superfast broadband.

George Osborne announced in yesterday's Autumn Statement that York is one of twelve cities across the UK to be awarded a share of £50 million from the Super-Connected Cities Programme fund.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader of City of York Council said: “I’m pleased to welcome this investment from the Super-Connected Cities Programme for smaller cities. This is an endorsement from Government for our broadband and city centre wi-fi infrastructure work and will accelerate York’s aim to become the most digitally connected city in Europe by 2015”. 

“We have worked hard over the last year to significantly up our game on digital infrastructure and have discussed this at length with ministers, whilst continuing to build relationships with private sector infrastructure providers; encouraging them to invest in York.

“Digital technology as a fast, reliable and secure infrastructure has become as important for businesses, residents and visitors as the traditional infrastructure of road and rail. This investment super-connected city investment will fill the gaps where private sector investment is not possible. Superconnected City investment from government coupled with planned private sector investment from a range of partners will boost York’s economic competitiveness, transform the delivery of public services across the city and enhance the quality of life for our residents.”

“The York digital programme is not just about providing world class broadband infrastructure. We now have resources for a range of pilot projects that will allow us to learn about how best to exploit the infrastructure. These pilot projects in particular will enhance the quality of life for some of York’s hard pressed communities and our most vulnerable residents”.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on City of York Council, commented: "This is a fantastic development for York. There is huge potential for ultrafast broadband and high speed wireless connectivity to drive economic development, help deliver public services and enhance education opportunities. Earlier this year we pushed the Council to seize this opportunity and submit a bid, I am delighted that they did so and today it has been successful."

“Currently Labour's controversial Wi-Fi scheme only really focuses on the city-centre, but this funding will be good for the whole of York. With this scheme, the coalition government recognises that we should be improving access to ultrafast broadband and Wi-Fi for all our residents and businesses not just those that live in the very centre of cities.”

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy said: “The ultra-fast broadband announcement for York is great news for our city which will provide a real boost for inward investment as well as helping small and medium sized businesses to grow. Alongside the expansion of super-fast broadband across North Yorkshire and York, this shows that the Government is providing real investment for our area on infrastructure that will make a real difference to people’s quality of life."

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: “Fast broadband is essential for growth and the creation of jobs. We have made significant progress with our broadband programme over the last few months, cutting through EU red tape and that continues. York has produced ambitious and comprehensive plans, which will turn the city into a digital leader, and give the local economy a real boost.  The new investment will help put the city at the centre of the digital stage, competing for jobs and investment and supporting Britain in the global race.”

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