The UK government’s superfast broadband scheme has helped connected more than 2.5 million homes and businesses, rolling out at a rate of 40,000 premises per week.
According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, superfast broadband is now available to more than 80% of homes and businesses in the UK – up from zero in 2009.
The government said its £1.7 billion (€2.4 billion) investment programme is on track to ensure 95% of the UK has access to superfast broadband by the end of 2017.
“Access to superfast speeds has never been more important, in both our home and working lives,” said new culture secretary, John Whittingdale.
“The Government’s rollout of superfast broadband will make sure that rural homes and businesses are not left behind and that the UK is properly equipped to meet the challenges of the digital age.”
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