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Government to outline more detail on superfast broadband

Bringing rural communities online

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The government is set to reveal details of its plans to roll out superfast broadband across the UK. In a speech, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is planning to outline how rural communities in the UK are going to benefit from £830m of additional government money. The government will divert the money from the TV licence revenue

The UK is well down the European league table when it comes down to super-fast broadband, an Ofcom study has revealed that only fewer than 1 percent of British homes have a connection of at least 24Mps.

Thus is all set to change, according to the government. Hunt is to announce that the government is planning to upgrade the network to catapult it to the Premier League of superfast broadband.

The government is not planning to define what is meant by superfast broadband. Hunt doesn't want to get bogged down on issues such as speed as he believes that there are other factors involved. According to Hunt.""In order to determine what constitutes 'the best' network in Europe, we will adopt a scorecard which will focus on four headline indicators: speed, coverage, price and choice. These will be made up of a number of composite measures rather than a single factor such as headline download speed."

There are already signs that change is under way. Last week, BT announced plans to run a trial of 1Gps in a rural community in Suffolk and made plain its intention to roll out more high-speed services to rural communities. Virgin Media is already running trials of a 200Mbps service next year but the cable provider's strength is in urban areas.


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