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A 2004 target set by President Bush to allow all families across the US affordable access to high speed internet by the end of 2007 has largely succeeded, a report released today announced.

The findings state that the overall aims of the project have been met "to a very large degree," although some critics have offered a caveat.

Richard Russell, deputy director for technology in the administration has told the Associated Press that more still needs to be done.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which commissioned the study, claims that 99 per cent of US zip codes now receive broadband services.

Similar efforts in the UK have also been noted for their success, with the Highlands Development Agency recently reporting that its plan to improve access to remote areas of Scotland is progressing well.

There are also proposals to introduce high-speed fibre broadband services from BT, which would allow speeds of up to 100MB.

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