The government's plans to invest in high-speed broadband networks across 10 UK cities has won plaudits from the technology sector.
The plan, outlined earlier today by chancellor George Osborne, designates some £100m for broadband improvements in London, Manchester and Leeds and Bradford, among other UK cities.
Just hours after the plan was announced, industry groups threw their names behind the infrastructure investment.
“This is exactly the call to arms which we wanted to hear from the government to put the UK on course to be the leading technology hub in Europe," said Intellect director, Julian David.
"We have to be world leaders not only in the creation of new technology but also its use and exploitation."
Similar support was received from the Conferderation of British Industry (CBI), which hailed the move as an important boost to local businesses.
"The Government’s commitment to support private sector delivery of world-leading broadband is right on the mark, and will ensure the UK’s high-tech companies have the infrastructure they need to be global champions," said CBI director general John Cridland.
"We also welcome the additional £150m of public money to support the roll out of super-fast broadband coverage in smaller UK cities, although getting the details of this funding right will be critical to its success."
IT firms also had plenty to say about the government's plans to boost research and development projects ans well as create new business sectors. Cisco UK and Ireland chief executive Phil Smith said that the growth of start-ups will be critical in the coming years.
"There has been much talk in the last year or so about technology innovation and the need to stimulate the British tech economy, particularly by promoting innovation and entrepreneurship within the tech sector," Smith said.
"High profile projects such as TechCity in East London crystallise the ambition, particularly from the government, for the British tech economy to bloom and act as a torch-bearer for the rest of the UK PLC as it drags itself out of a flat economy."
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