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The government should not be rushed into rolling out high-speed broadband to rural areas, according to one industry voice.

Commenting after MP Ian Lucas told PC Pro that the coalition needed to get its four fibre broadband pilots moving, the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) urged the government to take the time it needs to get the project right.

The organisation said that with no precedent to follow for the introduction of fibre broadband in the countryside, difficulties are likely to be encountered along the way.

Antony Walker, Chief Executive of the BSG, said the issue of rural broadband coverage was not being ignored by the coalition.

"[The rollout] is being taken very seriously and there's a lot of work going on, but it's complicated and there's a lot to learn still about what the best and most effective approaches will be," he added.

"It's important to recognise that nobody's really done this before in terms of building out next-generation networks into challenging rural locations."

Last year, the Con-Lib government pledged to make 2Mb broadband services universally available in the UK by 2017.

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