In a change of strategy aimed at kick-starting the process of making the UK the "best place in Europe for broadband by 2015", Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced the allocation of £363m funding to help local authorities boost broadband coverage. Funding has been directed to predominantly rural areas, with a view to giving 90% of homes and businesses access to superfast broadband - and for the whole country to have access to a minimum of 2Mbps.

However, there are conditions attached - Government funding must be matched with funds from local authority coffers or private sources . Further, the lack of commercial incentive for the major telecoms companies has raised concerns that the areas with most need will still lose out and the UK will continue to lag behind other European countries.

It will be interesting to see when the pigeon - featured previously on Tomilaw - can be retired...