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The government is likely to miss deadlines to provide super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of the UK by 2015, it has been claimed.

According to the Country, Land & Business Association (CLA), the Con-Lib coalition is also likely to fail in its bid to make 2Mb speeds available to every UK community.

The CLA has expressed concern about the slow funding process and a reliance on fibre-optic networks.

Both issues are helping to exacerbate the rural-urban digital divide, the organisation contended.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "We recognise that delivering this type of infrastructure is not easy but it is unlikely the government will meet these objectives.

"The Broadband Delivery UK process is too bureaucratic and the allocation of the £530 million funding too slow. It would be much simpler if the funding was allocated centrally rather than giving it directly to local authorities because they do not have the resource to plan for a superfast broadband network."

Mr Cotterell said the CLA advocates a 'patchwork quilt model' to improving broadband coverage, which uses the most appropriate technologies for a certain area.

This will help to bring high-speed broadband to more homes and businesses in a shorter timeframe, he suggested.

"An over-reliance on fibre optic is also a factor in the government's poor chance of meeting these deadlines," the CLA President stated.

The European Commission has set its own targets for the rollout of super-fast broadband - it wants to see speeds of up to 30Mb available to all EU citizens by 2020.

In addition, it is targeting speeds of 100Mb for at least half of the EU population by the end of the decade.

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