Broadband

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 16th January 2015.

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Photo of David Jones David Jones Conservative, Clwyd West

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of work to increase broadband line speeds (a) from below 2 mbps to 10 mbps and (b) above 10 mbps to date.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

Government, Local Authority and European Union funding combined has invested over £1.7billion to extend superfast coverage (download speeds of 24Mbps and above) to 95% premises in the UK by the end of 2017. This investment will also see universal coverage of basic broadband (2Mbps). There is no spend specifically to provide download speeds of 10Mbps.

BDUK has spent a total of £254.33m to the end of December 2014 on rolling out Superfast Broadband. This includes £127.76m in annual budget transfers to the Devolved Administrations, which may not all have been spent on delivery to date.

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