Superfast Broadband Available for 95% of the Country

Superfast Broadband Available for 95% of the Country

The UK government has announced it has reached its target for making superfast broadband available.

The news means the government has hit its self-imposed target to provide access to broadband speeds of 24Mbps or more for 19 out of every 20 homes and business premises in the UK.

Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, said over the last five years the roll-out of superfast broadband reached more than 4.5 million homes and businesses that would have otherwise missed out.

He added that the next government commitment is to making affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband a legal right to everyone by 2020.

Hancock said: “We’ve delivered on our commitment to reach 95% of homes and businesses in the UK, but there’s still more to do in our work building a Britain that’s fit for the future,”

The government said the benefits are already improving the local economies of areas previously not covered by superfast broadband. It said the closing of the digital divide has created around 50,000 new local jobs and generated an additional £8.9 billion in turnover in the areas covered between 2013 and 2016.

Last year, Openreach, the organisation rolling out superfast broadband for the government reached 800,000 homes and businesses through the UK Government Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme alongside commercial delivery.

Between 2009 and 2017 around 9,300 Openreach staff, including 5,600 field engineers, made superfast broadband available to over 27.1 million homes and businesses.

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