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Posted 11 February 2015 - 12:30 PM

The government has rolled out superfast broadband to two million more homes and businesses.

Figures released today (February 9) show the latest progress of plans to deliver access to broadband at greater than 24 Mbps to properties not covered by existing commercial networks.

Culture secretary Sajid Javid said: "Today, there are two million more UK homes and businesses with access to superfast broadband than there were two years ago as a result of this ambitious project.

"This is a tremendous result that is already making a huge difference to millions of people."

He added: "We want everyone in the UK to be able to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband. That's why we've begun work on reaching the last 5% of communities not covered by existing plans."

CEO of BT's local network business Openreach Joe Garner said: "We're proud to be delivering this great British success story in partnership with the government, and have committed up to £1billion of our shareholders' money to the projects.

"The programme is on schedule overall and our people continue to work flat out on connecting homes and business in the UK's hard-to-reach areas.

"If we come in under budget, savings can be reinvested to take coverage even further. Funds will also be released if take-up exceeds expectations, all of which is further great value for the taxpayer."

The government aims to have 95% of properties with access to superfast broadband by 2017. The current figure is around 80%.

£1.7 billion has been invested in the scheme, with around 40,000 additional properties a week getting access.

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