The government has announced an ambitious plan to bring super-fast broadband to every UK community by 2015.
Britain's Superfast Broadband Future outlines the vision of a network of digital hubs across the length and breadth of Britain, to be in place by the end of the current parliamentary term.
Under the plan, high-speed links will be created to the nearest telephone exchange, which can then be extended to every home.
A total of £830 million in public money will be spent on the network expansion project, while private sector investment will also be sought.
Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt commented: "A super-fast network will be the foundation for a new economic dynamism, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and adding billions to our GDP.
"But it is not just about the economy - around the world there are countless examples of superfast broadband helping to build a fairer and more prosperous society, and to transform the relationship between government and citizens."
The announcement builds on the government's universal service commitment to provide nationwide 2Mb broadband by 2015.