BT has announced that more than half of new homes will now be connected to broadband free of charge as part of the latest superfast broadband deal.
The announcement follows criticism about a backlog of properties waiting for broadband services and the government said it will monitor progress over the following year.
Ed Vaizey, digital economy minister, said: "Broadband connectivity is just one thing that home buyers now expect when buying a new build, so this industry-led push to make superfast, or indeed ultrafast, broadband speeds available by default in new homes
represents a very important step in meeting the UK's digital needs."
Chief executive of Openreach, Clive Selley, said: "This is an important step towards bringing fibre broadband to as many new build properties as possible."
Meanwhile Stewart Baseley, the executive chairman of the HBF, said the deal would "see more new build purchasers benefit from the very best connectivity to go alongside the many other advantages of purchasing a brand new home."
Last month a report from broadband advice site, Cable.co.uk, revealed many residents moving into newly built homes have found broadband services slow.
Some of the problems were said to be as a result of poor communication between developers who are starting new building project and Openreach.
Going forward BT said it would make a significant contribution to broadband deals before seeking money from developers.
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