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Treasury written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse would be of extending the broadband network to cover 100 per cent of premises in the UK by 2015-16.

Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The current rural superfast broadband programme contains a commitment for universal service provision of at least 2 megabits per second broadband. No assessment has yet been made of the costs of extending the superfast broadband network to 100% of UK premises. Government committed at spending round 2013 to working with industry to develop options by the end of 2013 to deliver fixed, wireless and mobile broadband to at least 99% of premises by 2018.

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