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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department has invested in broadband infrastructure in each of the last three financial years.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been responsible for broadband delivery since April 2011. The Department has £530 million to support broadband infrastructure over the period to 2015, and indicative funding allocations for each local authority area and the devolved Administrations were announced in the summer. Each area needs to undertake a procurement to select a broadband supplier and funding will be paid in accordance with the achievement of delivery targets by the supplier. No projects have yet reached this stage and consequently no payments have been made so far. Currently eight local broadband projects are in procurement and a further four local areas have agreed Local Broadband Plans. Together, these represent nearly half of the allocated funding. The other areas of the country are currently developing their plans.