City MPs delighted with broadband speed improvements

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People will soon be getting faster broadband in Milton Keynes thanks to a £3.18 million project to improve internet speeds.

The news has been welcomed by city MP’s Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart who are delighted that this work will be carried out over the next couple of years.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced there will be an allocation of an extra £250 million to English local authorities, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to extend superfast broadband coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017.

This investment is a central part of the long-term economic plan, providing the infrastructure needed to help secure Britain’s future by creating more jobs and ensuring small business has the backing it needs.

Superfast broadband coverage in the UK is already higher than in Germany, Italy, Spain and France and the Government’s current investment is already delivering superfast upgrades to more than 10,000 more homes and businesses each week, set to rise to 40,000 premises per week by the summer. This additional investment will take the UK even further adding over a million more premises to the roll out.

Mr Lancaster said: “This investment will be welcome in Milton Keynes. MK is a growing city with new businesses arriving every year and this will only serve to encourage further development.

“I also have a number of constituents who are unhappy with their current broadband speeds and hopefully this investment will mean that it is not just businesses that benefit from this investment.”

Mr Stewart, said: “Superfast broadband is of growing importance to businesses and individuals in Milton Keynes. As a hub for business it is incredibly important that we make sure people across the city have access to the broadband coverage. Like Mark, I have also had constituents contact me who have been unhappy with their broadband; it would be good to see this money going into the areas that are in need of faster broadband.”