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Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has come in for criticism over the seemingly slow progress of the government's four fibre broadband pilot schemes.

The BDUK office, which is overseeing the national rollout of high-speed broadband, has been urged by Labour MP Ian Lucas "to pull its finger out" and get the projects moving.

Despite the locations of the four pilots being announced in October 2010, the tendering process is yet to begin for any of the schemes.

Mr Lucas, MP for Wrexham, commented: "Before we can make any progress, the pilot projects have to be commenced and assessed. At the moment they haven't even been tendered for, let alone commenced."

He claimed that internet service providers are becoming "very frustrated" over the length of time it is taking get started on the fibre rollout.

In response, a spokesperson for the BDUK said the office is currently working with the pilot schemes so they are ready to start procurement.

"Each of the pilots is at a different stage of development, but we expect that the first of these will begin at the end of Q1 or start of Q2 this year," they added.

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