Mike has written to Government Ministers to make the case that Brighton & Hove should be allowed to bid for ultra-fast broadband funding.
Mike’s letters follow an announcement that was made by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his Autumn Statement that £100 million would be made available for broadband infrastructure around the country.
Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, announced in December that 14 cities would be eligible to bid for the funding. The list included London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast along with the largest 10 of the other cities in the UK.
With 125,000 dwellings, Brighton & Hove comes very close to the 150,000 dwelling cut-off point. Mike and local councillors are making the case that the city, due to its special position as a media hot-spot, should be allowed the opportunity to at least bid for the funding.
Commenting, Mike said: “I have brought Jeremy Hunt to Hove on a number of occasions and know that he is a big supporter of our city. I, and my local council colleagues, are making the case that there should be some flexibility in the bidding criteria as Brighton & Hove is quite unique in the number of media businesses that it has for its size.”
Mike has written to both Jeremy Hunt and Ed Vaizey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and will make public the responses shortly.
See www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/8732.aspx for more information.