Liverpool bids for broadband cash

Liverpool City Council has bid for £25m in funding to improve broadband in the city.

If successful, the money would also be used to provide free wi-fi in the city centre and at tourist spots.

Areas to benefit would include a new enterprise zone proposed around the universities, Liverpool Science Park and the central business district.

The project would also target more deprived areas including Princes Park, Everton, Kirkdale, Anfield and Toxteth.

The council has applied for £9m from the Government's Urban Broadband Fund which, if granted, would be matched by £11m from other sources including the Regional Growth Fund.

The council said the total would also be topped up by £5m in other funding.

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