Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that consumers are aware of the comparative benefits of full fibre broadband compared with connections which use copper or aluminium wiring.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The government has set an ambitious target for 15 million premises to be connected to full fibre by 2025, with nationwide coverage by 2033. In July, we published our Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR), which sets out the changes needed to make this happen, including ensuring that the consumer environment supports our full fibre ambitions. To help stimulate the full fibre broadband market, the government has set up the £200m Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund, which is open for local bodies to bid into, and the £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme for small businesses and local communities to contribute to the cost of fibre installation.

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