Aberdeen council hails super-connected cities inclusion

Thursday, December 6th 2012
Aberdeen's inclusion in the government's super-connected cities broadband strategy has been welcomed by local council chiefs.
Aberdeen council hails super-connected cities inclusion
The government's decision to name Aberdeen as one of 12 new super-connected cities has been hailed by the local council.

As a result of the move, Aberdeen is set to receive a share of £50 million of public money to help bring up to 100Mbps broadband to homes and businesses in the area. High-speed internet access will also be rolled out as part of the initiative.

Welcoming the news, which was unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement, Aberdeen City Council (ACC) said faster fixed broadband and 4G Wi-Fi coverage will help secure jobs, growth and investment in the area.

The announcement comes after research from Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future declared that Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have the highest broadband uptake in the UK, at 74 and 72 per cent respectively.

Barney Crockett, leader of ACC, said: "This is fantastic news for Aberdeen and the north-east.

"I am delighted that the UK government has recognised how important it is for Aberdeen to have this type of infrastructure."

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