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Wales can have both super-fast broadband and universal coverage, the Culture Minister has claimed.

Ed Vaizey dismissed suggestions that the principality must choose between increasing download speeds for the majority and fully extending coverage into rural areas.

Addressing MPs, he said the rollout strategy being followed by the UK government and Welsh Assembly can achieve the dual goals of speed and greater accessibility.

Mr Vaizey reinforced the government's aim to deliver Europe's best broadband network in the UK by 2015 – emphasising that Wales will not be left behind.

The Culture Minister stated: "We have now allocated all the money, and we have most local authorities and devolved governments getting their broadband plans ready for sign-off – I think we are getting there."

Earlier this year, the government distributed £530 million in public funding for rural broadband projects across the UK, with Wales receiving a £56.9 million share.

Speaking at the time, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said fast broadband is "absolutely vital" to the UK's economic growth, and to ensure the effective delivery of public services.

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