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UK races to superfast broadband network

Scottish counties will receive ?68.8m each.

The investment will create the ?best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015?, according to a statement from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

?Fast broadband is absolutely vital to our economic growth, to delivering public services effectively, and to conducting our everyday lives,” says culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. “But some areas of the UK are missing out, with many rural and hard-to-reach communities suffering painfully slow internet connections or no coverage at all. We are not prepared to let some parts of our country get left behind in the digital age.

The UK has one of the most competitive broadband networks in the world. More than 70 per cent of households subscribe to broadband and almost half of all homes have access to a superfast 50Mbps service.

The commitment to establishing a superfast broadband network is part of a major push by the government to grow the digital economy, with the crowning policy being a new technology hub in East London.

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