Mike is meeting with Jeremy Hunt to discuss High Speed Broadband opportunities in Brighton & Hove.
The meeting tomorrow is the result of a letter that Mike sent to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport following 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. Simon Kirby, the Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown, has also been campaigning on the issue.
Jeremy Hunt 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 ten of the other cities in the UK. However, with 125,000 dwellings, Brighton & Hove just missed out. 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 look forward to putting the case forward tomorrow to Jeremy in person that Brighton & Hove deserves special dispensation in this case. Investment in high-speed broadband would have an enormous impact on our local economy and be a huge boost to the plethora of creative and media companies that we are fortunate to have in our city.”