Government sets up digital fund

The government has launched a new £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund (DIIF), designed to combat slow download times and troublesome connectivity across the country.

Ministers are seeking to revolutionise Britain’s digital infrastructure, making internet access more reliable for homes and businesses, while enabling more people to work remotely without disruption.

More reliable connectivity will also support the development of autonomous driving.

The news follows a £1.7bn investment to spur industry rollout of superfast broadband across the UK.

Exchequer secretary to the treasury Andrew Jones MP, said, ‘We are investing £400m to make sure the UK’s digital infrastructure is match-fit for the future. As technologies change and people’s habits move with them, it is crucial we play our part to ensure Britain stays at the front of the pack.’