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Internet service provider BT is making a major contribution to the UK's digital future, a leading government minister has claimed.

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said that the broadband provider's "fantastic range of measures" will go "a huge way" towards delivering the best broadband system in Europe by 2015.

BT is currently investing £2.5 billion upgrading local telephone exchanges across the UK to support fibre broadband, while the government has pledged to invest £830 million of public money bringing high-speed web services to rural areas.

Mr Hunt commented: "BT has said it will contribute further funding to supplement any of the public money the company may win when we hold tenders for rolling out rural broadband.

"It's a great example of public funding and initiative stimulating private sector investment."

He claimed that a super-fast broadband network is "vital to the UK's economic growth" and the development of our high tech and creative industries.                           

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