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Superfast Broadband

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 3rd December 2015.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 9:30 am, 3rd December 2015

That was a good try by the hon. Lady, but in actual fact we have been making extremely good progress. The superfast scheme has now passed an extra 3.3 million homes and we will achieve 95% by the end of 2017. The universal service obligation is to allow those few remaining households who do not benefit to have a legal right to require broadband. As to the costing, we are in discussion with the industry about that and we will consult on it. We look forward to hearing all inputs to the consultation, including the hon. Lady’s.