The government is planning to spend £200m on providing web users in rural areas with super-fast broadband.

Stephen Timms, who replaced Lord Carter as Communications Minister earlier this year, said 100Mbps broadband would give consumers and businesses "an array of social, economic and health benefits".

Timms also said that the government had given itself a deadline of 2017 to deliver next-generation broadband across the country.

A large chunk of the money is expected to be given to Scotland. Timms did not discuss how much each individual area would get he did point out that Scotland "is delivering innovative ways of connecting people to these superfast networks".

"The Fibrecity initiative is already delivering 100Mb broadband to residents in Dundee via fibre-optic networks beneath the city," he added.

Broadband speed test

See also: BT moves 40Mbps broadband trial to Glasgow