Portsmouth broadband bid could boost city header image

Published: 23rd Oct 2012

Improving Portsmouth residents' access to superfast broadband connections could give the city a major boost and help regeneration efforts in the city, according to the local council.

The city has recently applied for the government's Urban Broadband Fund, which would supply it with £6 million to help build the infrastructure.

A further £7 million would come through private investment, increasing the total pot to £13 million, reports the Portsmouth News.

Kathy Wadsworth, the city council’s director of regeneration, said: "Our ambition is to be a globally competitive economy, and this means our residents and businesses need access to the best technology."

She added that the right technology can have advantages in many sectors across the city, helping public bodies go about their tasks more efficiently.

Poor ADSL connections can hamper business growth by preventing them from connecting with customers, Ms Wadsworth concluded.

The government has already agreed to fund the four capitals in boosting their broadband potential.

Posted by Craig Roberts