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Discrepancies in coverage in the UK broadband market could be filled more quickly if Scotland's lead is followed.

Such is the assertion of enterprise minister for Scotland Jim Mather, who has said that by supporting cooperation between local government and regional development agencies, broadband black spots could be plugged more quickly.

He suggested that the programme of improving broadband access could add between £2 billion and £6 billion to the Scottish economy, Computer Weekly reports.

Mr Mather added that there were lessons to be learned from programmes of development in the US and Canada, where small provinces are developing broadband access autonomously.

"By targeting specific areas, you actually improve broadband access faster," he noted.

The Scottish government's Broadband for Scotland project announced last month that development is continuing smoothly. Talks are currently being undertaken with four main suppliers and a preferred provider is expected to be announced in April.

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