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The government has made another £32 million available to support the rollout of super-fast broadband in Scotland.

Additional public finance has been set aside by the Treasury to complement the £68.8 million awarded to Scotland last year by Broadband Delivery UK.

It comes on the back of a government spending review, and should help increase access to fibre broadband north of the border.

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said access to super-fast broadband means businesses can expand, develop new markets and compete globally.

"It also allows local communities to access public services more quickly and efficiently online," he stated.

"Providing Scotland with high-speed broadband is essential for businesses to grow and to create the new jobs we need. That is why the UK government believes broadband is essential not only for everyday life but also for the future economic success of Scotland and the UK."

Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, said the government is "determined" to ensure the whole of the UK can share in the benefits and opportunities the internet offers.

"The internet provides huge opportunities for growth by enabling businesses to access new markets and develop new products," he commented.

"This extra investment will help Scotland develop the infrastructure that businesses need to grow in the digital age."

Last year, the Scottish Government expressed disappointment at being allocated just £68.8 million of the government's £530 million Rural Broadband Fund.

Speaking in July 2011, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil said that while the fund would contribute "in some measure" to fulfilment of the nation's broadband ambition, more money was needed to deliver universal high-speed broadband.

"This announcement from the UK government has fallen short of the expectations of the Scottish economy to the overall costs of broadband rollout in the remote and rural parts of Scotland," he stated.

"For instance, the cost to deliver next-generation broadband across the Highlands and Islands alone has been estimated at up to £300 million, therefore we do not regard the UK government's allocation as a realistic contribution to meet Scotland's broadband requirements."

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