The government has set itself a more ambitious target for the delivery of super-fast broadband services to UK homes and businesses.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to deliver 25Mb broadband services to nine out of ten premises in every county by 2015.
Speaking at the Race Online 2012 event, he explained that where possible, the coalition is looking to do more than provide the minimum of 2Mb broadband.
He said that the government's £530 million rural broadband fund – targeted at the 'final third' of the UK, which is unlikely to benefit from private sector investment - would help create Europe's best super-fast broadband network.
"If we press ahead with expansion of super-fast capabilities, then we can put UK in the global fast-lane," Mr Hunt stated. "But if we fail to do so, then we apply a handbrake to growth precisely when we need to power ahead."
He explained that the government has set aside a significant fund to ensure that communities across Britain are able to capitalise on the digital revolution.
Broadband Delivery UK is set to announce which councils are to share the first £50 million of government funding on May 27th.
"Local authorities need to step up to the plate by bringing forward their own plans setting out how they will deliver this level of ambition," Mr Hunt stated.
Meanwhile, the Culture Secretary has announced plans to monitor the performance of local authorities on broadband issues through a new league table.
Ofcom will publish the first annual report next month, shedding light on the efforts made by individual councils to improve the local internet infrastructure.