Bath Conservatives plea for ultrafast broadband
Bath needs ultrafast broadband available in the city centre if it is to continue growing as a hotbed for technological and creative industry, according to local Conservatives.
The party is calling on Bath and North East Somerset Council to apply for Government funding for the project, which has already got the go-ahead in other cities across the UK.
Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Con, Lansdown) said: "Cities such as Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge and York are already investing in ultrafast broadband so it's crucial that a university city like Bath isn't left behind.
"This type of high-speed broadband is key to encouraging high-tech and creative industries to establish themselves in Bath."
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It comes as an announcement for a £94-million BT contract to provide superfast internet access across rural Somerset and Devon was postponed because of contractual complications.
The move was due to be confirmed on Monday and would have been a boost for people living on the outskirts of Bath, where slow internet makes it difficult for homes and businesses.
Councillor Cherry Beath, cabinet member for sustainable development, said the city was not eligible for Government funding for ultrafast broadband but she would be looking at available alternatives.
She said: "We continue to fully support the high-tech and creative industries in the city and are currently exploring the options available to deliver ultrafast connectivity of up to 100 megabytes per second to the Bath City of Ideas Enterprise Area and to wider Bath."
She added that more information would be available in the spring.