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Public service delivery will be greatly improved by wider access to high-speed broadband, it has been claimed.

According to the government's National Infrastructure Plan, rolling out superfast broadband in the UK could have "a significant positive impact on gross value added in the economy".

Developing the right broadband infrastructure will enable better and more efficient ways of delivering public services, the plan said - potentially important in light of the recent announcement of £81 billion in cuts to departmental budgets.

For instance, people living in rural areas could benefit from enhanced education and increased access to healthcare services, it noted.

Super-fast broadband may also enable improvements in business productivity and growth through more efficient ways of working, the National Infrastructure Plan said.

More efficient communication and exchange of information with customers and suppliers could be experienced, it claimed.

The government has committed to invest £530 million in high-speed broadband over the next five years, with some of this funding coming from the BBC licence fee.

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