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Gov to Conquer GoT Nightmare

The government’s £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund (DIIF) is set to unlock over £1 billion for full fibre broadband and kick-start better broadband connections across the country ministers have said as they seek to improve Britain’s digital infrastructure.

The goal is to make internet access more reliable for both homes and businesses - with a big part of the equation, as far as the government is concerned, being to enable more people to work remotely without disruption. "The flexibility to work remotely is pivotal for driving our economy forward; reducing overheads and helping businesses to start and grow," said Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Andrew Jones MP. "£1.7 billion has already been invested to spur industry to rollout superfast broadband across the UK. This new fund will take that to the next level."

 

Game of Thrones

At a launch event, Jones also said: "We are investing £400 million to make sure the UK’s digital infrastructure is match-fit for the future. As technologies change and people’s habits move with them, so gone will be the days where parents working from home see their emails grind to a halt while a family member is gaming or streaming Game of Thrones in the next room. Full fibre will provide us with the better broadband we need to ensure we can work flexibly and productively, without connections failing.

 

Private backing

Deputy Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and government Head of Project Finance, Matthew Vickerstaff also said: "Full fibre digital communication networks will be a crucial part of our future infrastructure and will require substantial investment from the private sector. The launch of the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund will help accelerate the roll out of ultra fast digital networks by increasing access to private finance for companies delivering them."

Picture: Ministers will use fund managers to find £1 billion for UK broadband investment to help home workers and GoT lovers to co-exist in peace. This is neither a minister or a fund manager - picture for illustration purposes only

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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