Digital Infrastructure Fund welcomed by BIG- but not as new money

Today the Government has announced the details of a £400 million investment in broadband connectivity called the Digital Infrastructure Fund. Although the British Infrastructure Group of MPs (BIG) welcomes this essential investment, it has now been announced by the Government as a new source of funding on three separate occasions- ahead of the Autumn Statement in 2016, and before the Spring Budget this year.

Grant Shapps MP, the Chair of BIG, has said, “BIG welcomes the Digital Infrastructure Fund, which promises a £400 million investment in broadband connectivity. However, it is now vital that instead of re-announcing this Fund again for the third time, the Government starts to focus on how this investment can actually improve broadband speeds and accessibility across the UK as a whole.”