Maria Miller to oversee super-fast broadband strategy
Maria Miller has taken over responsibility for the UK's super-fast broadband policy after being named as the new Culture Secretary.
As part of Prime Minister David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle, the Basingstoke MP has replaced new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The role will see Ms Miller oversee the Conservative-led coalition's strategy to deliver the best super-fast broadband network in Europe.
By 2015, the government is aiming for the technology to be rolled out to 90 per cent of the UK, with minimum speeds of 2Mbps for the final ten per cent of the country.
Her appointment comes a fortnight after Mr Hunt restated his plans for national broadband improvements by declaring his ambition to achieve the fastest networks of any major European nation within the next three years.
Ms Miller, who was named Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions in 2010, has also been given responsibility for the Women and Equalities portfolio.
"I am delighted to have been appointed as Culture Secretary by the Prime Minister and am very much looking forward to tackling the many challenges that the role will bring," she commented.