Leading broadband provider BT believes it could provide 90 per cent of the UK population with super-fast broadband by 2017.
According to the internet service provider's (ISP) Chief Executive Officer Ian Livingston, this target is achievable if the government hands over the public sector broadband budget to BT.
At present, the coalition government has set aside a total of £830 million to bring high-speed web services to areas of the UK unlikely to be included in any private ISP's own network.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Mr Livingston commented: "We think we could get to over 90 per cent of the UK... 2017 is not an unrealistic timescale."
Over the last year, BT has been upgrading local telephone exchanges across the UK in preparation for the launch of fibre broadband services.
The firm has committed £2.5 billion to its network development project, which is designed to supply next-generation broadband to 66 per cent of homes and businesses by 2015.