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Gov't: Superfast broadband is 25Mbps and above

Ofcom to publish annual broadband performance league table

The government has revealed it considers 'superfast' broadband to be net connections with download speeds of 25Mbps and above.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt finally put a minimum speed on the term at an event held as part of the Race Online 2012 campaign that took place this week. Until now, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has declined to comment on how fast 'superfast' broadband should actually be.

Furthermore, the government revealed it hopes 90 percent of UK homes and businesses should have 25Mbps connections by 2015, with the remaining ten percent getting at least 2Mbps.

"If we press ahead with expansion of superfast capabilities, then we can put UK in the global fast-lane," he said.

"If we fail to do so then we apply a handbrake to growth precisely when we need to power ahead."

However, no further funding has been made available to reach these targets. Instead, the Culture Secretary urged local authorities to apply for a share of a £530 million fund, that was announced in October last year, but developing a broadband plan to state how superfast net access would be rolled out in their area.

"We have set aside the money and the expertise to make this happen. Now local authorities need to step up to the plate by bringing forward their own plans setting out how they will deliver this level of ambition."

The first authorities to have successfully secured funding from this scheme will be announced on May 27.

Hunt also said that from June, Ofcom will publish An annual 'league table' detailing broadband speeds in every local authority area of the UK.

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