The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have made it easier to know if you can get the latest broadband services in your area.

The government department have released a new map of UK superfast broadband availability – covering 36 large towns and cities across the country.

Data from Ofcom’s Communications Infrastructure Report 2011, the 2001 census and Local Authorities has been used to create the map, showing the availability percentages for each city. The DCMS has also created a useful diagram showing availability classed by colour (Red, Amber and Green) across the UK, available via ISP review.

It has been identified that Hull and Aberdeen currently receive no superfast connectivity, a point that MP Jeremy Hunt has described as “shocking”. Hunt’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office is campaigning for 90% of the UK’s population to have easy access to speeds of 24Mbps or more by 2015.

BDUK has an initial budget of £530m (up to 2015), with a further £100m since being added for super-connected city projects in Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London. Other cities such as Bristol, Sheffield, Newcastle and Glasgow have been shortlisted for the second round of funding.

The government has set a deadline for this month for all local authorities to submit their draft Local Broadband Plans (LBP).The final plans will then need to be agreed by the end of April, 2012. If an Authority fails to make this, their funding for next generation broadband could be pulled. If you are interested in superfast broadband and knowing your availability, then get in touch. We offer Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) with up to speeds of 40Mb, as well as Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) with speeds of up to 100Mb.

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