Government plans on how to boost super-fast broadband coverage in the UK have been announced by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The cabinet minister outlined in a speech to the Hospital Club in London that fibre-optic networks need to become more prevalent if domestic businesses are going to be able to thrive as the economy recovers.
He outlined that the government hopes the market, including the likes of BT and Virgin Media, will be able to lead the way on the issue.
However, he explained that Westminster will have to get involved at some point by driving up demand for broadband through improvements to online services.
Mr Hunt added: "Government must ensure we do not open up a new digital divide between the urban areas most attractive to infrastructure providers and rural communities where super-fast broadband may never be viable."
It was recently revealed that BT has introduced fibre-optic broadband services in both Caerphilly and Barry.