The government has announced a list of 27 cities in line for a possible share of a £50m to help with the rollout of superfast broadband projects as it looks to ensure its reaches its aim of providing coverage to the entire nation by 2015.
The government has already earmarked funding of £100m for ten of the largest cities in the UK to help them push ahead with rollouts, and has now announced the cities that can submit funding proposals to the government for a chance to receive a portion of the next round of funding.
To be eligible cities must have more than 45,000 homes and businesses, or over 35,000 homes and businesses if in Northern Ireland.
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt touted the funding as yet another important step on the nation's path towards superfast services.
"These ultrafast speeds will allow more cities in the UK to compete with the fastest in the world, bringing new opportunities for growth, the development of high tech industries and the transformation of public services," he said
More detailed bidding guidance will be published by 18 May with the winning cities set to be announced in the Autumn Statement later this year, the government said.
The government wants to provide 2Mbit/s coverage for all homes and businesses by 2015, and ensure that 90 per cent of these connections are of 25Mbit/s or above.
The full list of eligible cities are: Aberdeen, Brighton & Hove, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Exeter, Gloucester, Kingston upon Hull, Leicester, Londonderry / Derry, Newport, Norwich, Oxford, Perth, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Salford, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Wolverhampton and York.
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