Government commitment for everyone in the UK to have access to fast broadband remains firmly in place

9 May 2016

The Government commitment for everyone in the UK to have access to fast broadband remains firmly in place (“Government abandons broadband plans”, 6 May). Nothing has been abandoned. We are giving every home and business in the UK the legal right to request fast broadband, helping make sure no communities are left behind.

Nine out of 10 UK homes and businesses can already get superfast speeds – four million of whom would have missed out if not for our £1.7bn investment through the Superfast Broadband programme. By December 2017 that will rise to 95 per cent of the UK. Reaching the hardest to reach part of the UK is of course more expensive, so it makes sense for it to be provided on request to those who want it – in the same way that telephone lines are provided.

Ed Vaizey
Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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