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Miller defends government's broadband progress

Monday, April 22nd 2013 by Cable.co.uk
Maria Miller insists government's super-fast broadband plans are on track

The government is on track to achieve its broadband targets, according to Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller has defended the government's broadband plans under a barrage of questions from Labour MPs.

The Conservative-led coalition has repeatedly pledged to deliver the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015, but Shadow Deputy Prime Minister Harriet Harman said there is "growing concern" that this target will not be achieved.

Responding to the queries, Ms Miller pointed out that two-thirds of UK properties are already able to access super-fast broadband, while speeds of at least 2Mbps will be rolled out to a further ten million homes and businesses by the end of the current parliament in 2015.

"Broadband has a fantastic role to play and we are making sure it reaches more and more households," she remarked.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey also insisted that the government is making "good progress" towards delivering the universal broadband that could prove to be so vital to the UK's economic growth.

Following the recent signing of the procurement for Northumberland's broadband project, 20 such schemes should be underway, Mr Vaizey explained. These represent more than 60 per cent of the total Broadband Delivery UK budget, with all procurements set to be finished by the end of this summer.

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