Government to invest £250m in infrastructure spending on broadband

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A government report dubbed Investing in Britain’s Future has said it wants more of the UK to benefit from high speed broadband connectivity and claims the government is set to invest GBP 250 million on UK broadband, reports The figure represents 0.25% of the overall GBP 100 billion figure that Whitehall is due to spend on infrastructure to 2020. The report claims that the government is looking for ways to expand coverage even further in a bid to reach 99% of the UK by 2018.

However, the figure is relatively small compared to the GBP 70 billion the government is set to spend on transport, the GBP 20 billion on schools and the GBP 10 billion which is set to be invested on science, housing and flood defences.

The government’s approach to broadband has been criticised for allowing BT to monopolise the BDUK scheme. BT has also been under fire for using existing copper lines for the fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband instead of investing in the faster fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband. BT has countered this saying there is simply not enough demand for the FTTH product.

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