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The government has published a shortlist of cities to receive finance from its £100 million Urban Broadband Fund.

Last month, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced that additional public money would be spent on the construction of super-fast broadband networks in ten of the UK's major cities.

Money from the fund was pledged to London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, and another six cities will now compete for the remainder.

The ten cities to be nominated are Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Sheffield.

Under the plan, super-connected cities with broad access to 80-100Mb broadband services will be created.

Jeremy Hunt, the DCMS Secretary of State, commented that the internet is now "a fundamental part" of the UK economy.

"We must ensure the UK has a broadband network fit for the digital age. Transforming communities into super-connected cities will enable them to compete with the world’s top digital cities," he stated.

It will help them attract new jobs and new investment and make the UK a place where digital businesses look to come, Mr Hunt suggested.

"It will help our creative industries and high-tech companies grow while making the UK even more attractive to overseas firms," he added.

Mr Hunt noted that new businesses are being set up because of the internet, while many others are using the internet to grow.

"We are determined to ensure the UK has the digital infrastructure we need to drive growth," he added.

The £100 million Urban Broadband Fund is in addition to the government's £530 million Rural Broadband Fund, which was recently distributed between UK local authorities.

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