UK aims for 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2017

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Sick of slow downloads and constant buffering while trying to watch a TV show on the iPlayer or Netflix?

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Well, the internet in the UK should see some improvement over the next few years.

The government has today said that it aims to achieve 100% superfast broadband coverage in the UK by 2017.

Communications minister Ed Vaizey said that once the first phase to cover 90% of postcodes with superfast broadband by 2017 has been met, the second phase will be an attempt to achieve 95% and then eventually reach 100%.

The project to roll out fibre-optic broadband to supply communities with download speeds of around 24Mb has cost £1.6 billion so far.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Vaizey said: “Local councils are in charge of the roll-out, so they should know where the money should go first for the most impact.

“As I say, we have had phase one to get to 90%, we now have phase two to get to 95%; and the money we have allocated for new technologies will give us the figure we need to get to 100%.”

Stuart O’Connor