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The government has to assist broadband providers in efforts to introduce UK fibre-optic networks, Gordon Brown has claimed.

In a column for the Daily Telegraph, the Prime Minister has stated that while the private sector is "leading the way" as far as next-generation technology goes, state help can ensure the networks go "farther and faster".

This is the thinking behind the new broadband fund, he explained, which will ensure 90 per cent of the UK has super-fast internet connections by 2017.

He wrote: "We are doing this, even in a recession, because the fastest and most modern broadband network will create and expand thousands of companies and mean thousands of new jobs."

There is a determination to ensure rural areas particularly benefit from the investment, he added.

William Worsley, the president of the Country Land & Business Association, has called on the government to improve its plans on the issue, stating that there is still a minority of people who will not benefit from the proposals.

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