To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2012, Official Report, column 791W, on broadband: Brighton and Hove, if he will (a) estimate the amount of public funding required to bring ultra-fast broadband to the Brighton and Hove area and (b) carry out a cost-benefit analysis of funding ultra-fast broadband in Brighton and Hove.
The Department does not intend to make estimates of the amount of public funding required to bring ultra-fast broadband to any local authority area. Local authorities are best placed to assess their options for improving high-speed broadband access, in consultation with commercial communications providers. This is the approach adopted in the Super-Connected Cities Initiative by cities eligible to bid for the Urban Broadband Fund.
As the hon. Member may already be aware, East Sussex has an indicative funding of £10.64 million allocated out of the £530 million to bring superfast broadband to 90% of the population and standard broadband to everyone else.
Brighton and Hove is to be congratulated on achieving a broadband take-up of 80%, according to Ofcom data published last summer, with superfast broadband coverage of 92%.