Roll-out of superfast broadband to rural areas speeds up

New statistics reveal a dramatic acceleration in the government’s nationwide rollout of superfast broadband. At the end of 2013, the number of premises benefiting from superfast broadband as a result of the programme had almost tripled to 273,731.

Based on past performance and these new statistics it’s forecast that more than 300,000 UK premises can now access superfast speeds due to the programme, making a real difference to people’s daily lives. The number of homes and premises gaining access will rise from 10,000 per week to 40,000 per week by the summer.

The statistics demonstrate that the government’s transformation of broadband in rural areas is well underway and is on track to deliver coverage to 95% of the country by 2017. The benefits are already being enjoyed by many, with families able to simultaneously stream films and TV, download music and upload photos and videos to social media sites in seconds. Businesses can collaborate with colleagues and customers on conference or video calls or swap their hardware and expensive software licenses for files, processing power and software from cloud computing.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: “Having superfast broadband is really important to people up and down the country whether they need it for work or simply to download music or films. These figures prove that there is now a real momentum with thousands of homes and businesses now getting access each week. This is part of our long term economic plan and broadband will be instrumental in driving growth and boosting local economies throughout the UK.”

Details of how an additional £250m will be allocated to local authorities as part of the nationwide rollout to take coverage to 95% of the UK by 2017 will be announced shortly.

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