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Minister's broadband promise

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Industry minister Nigel Griffiths has promised to do everything he can to speed-up the improvement of broadband Internet access throughout the UK.

Responding to pressure from MPs for the Government to do more to hasten the wider provision of the broadband network, Griffiths said ministers were doing all they could to ensure that at the end of three years the UK will be "in the lead in broadband in terms of government procurement and government services".

MPs from all parties demanded more action to promote broadband Internet across social classes and in rural areas. Griffiths said the Government is fast-tracking a licensing regime for satellite provision and is reviewing planning regulations for terminals, encouraging infrastructure sharing, and using more effective procurement of public sector broadband requirements to improve value for money and drive broadband into rural areas.

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