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United Kingdom govt reaches 95% superfast broadband roll-out target

United Kingdom govt reaches 95% superfast broadband roll-out target”

Local Authorties are also participating in the project that will have £687 million available for local authorities to re-invest and take superfast speeds to those homes and businesses not already covered by existing plans.

The Government's pledge to give 95% of the country access to superfast broadband has been met, the Culture Secretary has said. This means the vast majority of Britain's homes and businesses can now order services capable of streaming their favourite Netflix or iPlayer shows, playing online games, responding to emails and surfing the web - all simultaneously, on multiple devices and without interruption. According to thinkbroadband.com, speeds of 24mbps or faster are available to around 27.5 million out of 28.9 million premises in the UK.

Mr Hancock said: "Over the last five years, the Government's rollout of superfast broadband has made superfast speeds a reality for more than 4.5 million homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out". The rural organisation the CLA said achieving 95% is an "important milestone", but still leaves "significant areas devoid" of a fast connection. We're determined to get Britain, the whole of Britain, hooked up to decent broadband speeds. The announcement follows news that 7 out of 10 slowest areas in the United Kingdom for broadband is in Wales, according to a report which urges the Welsh Government to act.

Some 4.5m United Kingdom premises previously deemed "not commercially viable" have now been plugged into internet speeds of 24 megabits per second or faster as part of a £1.7bn initiative. The business is now consulting with its wholesale customers on how to achieve its ambition of making ultrafast (100Mbps+) Fibre-to-the-Premises technology available to 10 million premises by the mid-2020s, and it will be publishing an update on this process in the near future. I am pleased to say that we have delivered on that promise.

"We're reaching thousands more premises every single week, and the next commitment is to making affordable, reliable, high speed broadband a legal right to everyone by 2020". We look forward to publishing a more specific set of proposals for FTTP soon.



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