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Surplus funding from the UK's digital TV switchover campaign may be used to improve levels of broadband coverage, it has emerged.

Reports have revealed that Digital UK, the body responsible for the changes, is expected to have money left over from its work to ensure everyone is prepared for the amendments to TV signals.

However, a government spokeswoman has since told the Guardian that any surplus funds will be used to support broadband improvements, although no specific details have yet been confirmed.

Talking to the Daily Telegraph, a BT spokesman suggested such funding could be useful.

He added: "We welcome any funds available to help the rollout of fibre broadband to the final third of the UK. How these funds are raised is a matter for the government."

BT's support for such plans has come after the company confirmed its intention to boost fibre broadband coverage across London in time for the 2012 Olympics.

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