Tuesday, May 19, 2009

UK invests (kind of) in ultra-fast broadband

It seems a bit mean to criticise, but what the heck ... I've written a bit here about how the Australian government is investing billions in national broadband network, promising speeds of up to 100mbps and asked why hasn't the UK government done similar.

Well, they have. Kind of. Yesterday they announced an investment to support UK businesses developing 'ultra fast broadband' technologies. The sum? ... Wait for it ... one million pounds! (now try saying it again, but in a Dr Evil voice ... it's still a paltry sum, but the "mwah hah hah" at the end at least gives it a bit of an edge!).

There are 13 projects, each of which will get between £30,000 and £100,000 ... or in today's currency, the equivalent of a second home for between 1-5 MPs.

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