According to government figures, the national superfast broadband programme has reached more than 1.5 million premises with an additional 40,000 homes and businesses connected every week.
The latest figures say that 26% of all UK connections are now described as superfast, compared to just 6% 2 years ago.
The programme began in 2012 and has entered the fastest stage of deployment to date. Most of the 44 national broadband projects across the UK are ahead of schedule, with the project on track to meet the target of a reach of superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017.
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I’m delighted that the project has now reached more than 1.5 million homes and businesses, giving people much faster and reliable connections.
“We know how important superfast broadband is to everyone, which is exactly why we are investing £1.7 billion in this remarkable project.
“Our transformation of the UK’s digital landscape is progressing at an incredible rate and delivering a tremendous boost to the nation’s economy as part of the government’s long term economic plan.”
When discussing the breadth of the broadband rollout, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “rural Britain is being wired up and fired up as we push superfast broadband into the countryside at an electrifying pace. Connecting rural communities is enabling rural businesses to reach their full potential – creating jobs, boosting exports and supercharging our economy.”
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