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Broadband: Urban Areas

Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 220292, tabled on 9 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 16 December 2014 to Question 217969, which four cities were considered and rejected in wave 1; which six cities were considered and rejected in wave 2; and for what reasons each city in each wave was rejected.

Answered on

14 January 2015

The cities' bids for the SuperConnected Cities Programme (SCCP) were scored according to specific criteria, including governance, project management capacity and project vision. Winning bids were selected on the basis of those scores and the amount of money available.

For wave 1 there were unsuccessful bids from Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham and Sheffield.

For wave 2, there were unsuccessful bids from Dundee, Kingston-Upon-Hull, Preston, Sunderland, Swansea and Wolverhampton.

All of these cities have been invited to participate in the Broadband Connection Vouchers Scheme from April 2015

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