The government remains committed to delivering nationwide 25Mb broadband by 2015, despite a tender document appearing to suggest otherwise.
According to V3.co.ok, the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) draft – which invites applications from broadband providers to roll out high-speed broadband using public funds – outlines a minimum requirement of 15Mb.
The paper explains that firms capable of delivering between 15Mb and 50MB download speeds may be eligible for state funding.
However, a spokesperson for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, said that the figures included in the tender document were merely a "broad guide".
As such, they claimed that the government still requires any company applying for BDUK funding to meet its original download speeds target of 25Mb.
"The government wants 90 per cent of homes and businesses in each local authority area to have access to super-fast broadband and for everyone in the UK to have access to at least 2Mb," the spokesperson added.
And with Ofcom defining super-fast broadband as "speeds greater than 24Mb", this issues a minimum requirement of 25Mb.
If this is the case, it raises questions as to why a minimum requirement of 15Mb is outlined in the BDUK draft document.
Malcolm Corbett, Chief Executive of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association, told the news provider that this decision was "odd".
He suggested that, at the very least, there is potential for confusion, and some broadband providers may be encouraged to make applications which fail to meet the minimum download speed threshold.
BDUK is currently in the process of distributing a £530 million pot of government funding, designed to deliver high-speed broadband to rural areas.
The first £50 million in BDUK funding has already been distributed among three projects, and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised a share of the remainder to each local council across the UK.