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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance her Department issues to BT Openreach on ensuring equal treatment of all parts of the UK in terms of offering adequate internet speeds.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Government has a target to provide 90% superfast (24Mbps or greater) broadband coverage and universal availability of standard broadband. Local authorities and the devolved administrations are also able to set their own local targets as part of their broadband projects under the Government's rural broadband programme. Under this programme a network provider, such as BT Openreach, contracts with local authorities to deliver against the target.

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