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The coalition government has transferred responsibility for UK broadband to the Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Up until now, broadband policy issues had been overseen by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), with issues such as super-fast broadband delivery, spectrum allocation and implementation of the Digital Economy Act part of its remit.

Minister for Broadband Ed Vaizey had worked jointly across the two Whitehall departments, but will now report solely to Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt.

A statement to the House of Commons stated: "Responsibility for all competition and policy issues relating to media, broadcasting, digital and telecoms sectors has been transferred from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills."

However, former Digital Britain Minister Stephen Timms has criticised the move, suggesting the remit of the DCMS is now too large.

Writing on his Twitter feed, the Labour MP stated: "Dismayed the cabinet minister for sport and museums has today been given responsibility for telecommunications and internet policy."

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