Newcastle is to become one of the first super-connected cities in the UK with the benefits to the area’s economy set to be boosted by £150m by becoming so.
Newcastle City Council are to use government money to help with their Go Digital Newcastle scheme that will aim to have 97% of the city able to access superfast fibre optic broadband by Summer 2015.
Around £9 million of public funds are to be used, with BT investing £1.89m, the Council investing £970,000 plus £970,000 from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). Other funds come from the Governments Super Connected Cities Programme.
Along with the availability of superfast broadband, there will also be free wi-fi provided in the city centre and also on the Metro, also businesses can claim vouchers worth up to £3,000 to help them get connected too.
For more details about the scheme, visit www.godigitalnewcastle.co.uk