Why is local government investing in superfast broadband at a time when it is making significant budget cuts?

Local government in Leicestershire, including the county council, district and borough councils and the city council, is investing £5.1m to increase superfast broadband coverage. This is at a time when the County Council has to make significant budget cuts. Making investment decisions are not easy but due to the research we have already carried out we believe that superfast broadband is critical for the future growth and prosperity of Leicestershire’s communities and businesses. It is estimated, for example, that public investment in broadband could generate economic growth of £92m by 2021, hence why we think this is such an important investment for the people of Leicestershire’s future.