Broadband: Brighton

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 1st March 2012.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

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.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

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%.

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