UK on track for superfast broadband 'by 2017'

The Government has dodged suggestions more needs to be done to support families living in rural areas by installing better broadband connection.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey defended the Government's plans to install superfast broadband to "95% of the UK by 2017".

Government knows how vital broadband can be to people's daily lives and what an important role it plays in education, from schoolchildren being able to do their homework to accessing information.

We are making sure that thousands of people across the country, particularly in rural areas, are getting access to superfast broadband.

We are well on track to deliver superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017.

– Communications Minister Ed Vaizey

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