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Danny Alexander hails Scottish broadband funding boost

Monday, June 11th 2012
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has praised news of £32 million of additional funding for broadband in Scotland.
Danny Alexander hails Scottish broadband funding boost
The UK government's £32 million funding boost for Scottish broadband has been welcomed by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.

Announced last week, the additional investment takes Scotland's total allocation of super-fast broadband cash to £100.8 million.

The Conservative-led coalition has pledged to deliver next-generation access to 90 per cent of the UK by 2015, with minimum 2Mbps speeds for remaining properties.

Responding to the news, Mr Alexander said the amount of business conducted online nowadays means it is "essential" that companies have access to decent broadband speeds.

"This additional funding will help ensure that Scotland has the broadband infrastructure it needs to support its tech industries, and businesses and education across the country," he added.

As well as the newly-announced UK government investment, Scotland could benefit from a share of the latest £50 million urban broadband fund.

Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth are the Scottish cities eligible to apply for the cash pot.

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