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£4.99m funding for Black Country Superfast Broadband

Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, today announced £4.99m additional funding for superfast broadband in the Black Country.

Ninder Johal, Black Country LEP Board Member and Chair of the Black Country Broadband Plan group, said, "Small businesses have identified slow broadband speeds as a barrier to growth, so this indicative allocation by DCMS  is great news for the Black Country.

"It will be the catalyst to unlock investment from the private sector and the LEP to work towards our ambition of 95 per cent superfast broadband availability by 2017."

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said, "Superfast Broadband will benefit everyone in the Black Country - whether they need it for work, to do homework or simply to download music or films. Thousands of homes and businesses now have access and it is helping people with their everyday tasks.

"We want to make sure that Britain is one of the best countries in the world for broadband, and the extra £250m we are investing nationally will help ensure communities around the UK are not left behind in the digital slow lane.”

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