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The ten cities to benefit from the first wave of Urban Broadband Fund finance have discovered how much they are going to receive.

Chancellor George Osborne announced earlier this year that a £100 million pot would be shared between the ten locations, in a bid to create a network of super-connected cities.

This fund has now been increased to £114.1 million as the Con-Lib coalition aims to deliver speeds of between 80Mb and 100Mb across these centres.

London receives the largest share of the pot (£25 million), with the three regional capitals claiming a sizeable chunk of the pot between them.

Belfast has been allocated £13.7 million, Cardiff is to receive £11 million and Edinburgh gains £10.7 million as the government looks to support fibre rollout plans in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland respectively.

The other major cities to benefit from the Urban Broadband Fund are Birmingham (£10 million), Bradford and Leeds (£14.4 million shared), Bristol (£11.3 million) Newcastle (£6 million) and Manchester (£12 million).

Maria Miller, the new Culture Secretary, said fast broadband is "essential for growth and key to the country’s economic future".

"These ten cities have produced ambitious and comprehensive plans which will turn them into digital leaders and give their local economies a real boost," she stated.

"The new investment will help put these cities at the centre of the digital stage, competing for jobs and investment with the best in the world.”

Another £50 million is to be made available to ten smaller cities around the UK, although the government is yet to announce which locations will benefit.

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