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Broadband: East Midlands

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people resident in (a) West Derbyshire and (b) the East Midlands have access to high-speed broadband. (303189)

I have been asked to reply.

The Next Generation Fund will help to bring fast broadband to at least 90 per cent. of households in the UK by 2017. The fund will promote the roll out of infrastructure that meets the needs of businesses and households in regions the market would not otherwise deliver to. It will work alongside the Government's Universal Service Commitment, a parallel infrastructure investment programme to ensure virtually every community has access to a broadband connection capable of providing at least 2Mbps.