Spending cuts: What will it mean for broadband?

He said: "It's up to us to work together - private, public and community sectors, to make sure Britain creates the broadband infrastructure we need for the future - and keep rising up the global broadband rankings."

"If we work together we can be the best, if we don't we risk falling by the wayside."

It's not over

Thankfully investment is still coming up from both the public and private sector and progress is sure to be made in some of these harder to reach areas.

The only question that remains is will this cash injection be enough? When we don't even have a nation covered by basic 2Mbps broadband, it is hard to think an extra 530 million over the next four years will do the job.

A step in the right direction has been taken, even in tough economic times, but much more money from both sides will need to be invested if the UK is going to compete globally.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.