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The new Culture Secretary has vowed to speed up the rollout of super-fast broadband services around the UK.

Maria Miller MP, who replaced Jeremy Hunt in last week's cabinet reshuffle, plans to tackle “unnecessary bureaucracy” in the planning system which is holding up network development.

She claimed that the government's broadband targets - 90 per cent coverage by 2015 and the fastest network in Europe - can only be achieved if red tape is removed.

"Super-fast broadband is vital to secure our country’s future - to kick start economic growth and create jobs," Ms Miller stated.

"We are putting in the essential infrastructure that will make UK businesses competitive, and sweeping away the red tape that is a barrier to economic recovery."

The Culture Secretary said the government "means business" and is "determined" to cut through the bureaucracy that is holding UK broadband back.

As part of the planning system changes, broadband street cabinets can be installed in any location other than Sites of Special Scientific Interest without the need for prior approval from the local council.

It will also be possible to deploy broadband fibre and other infrastructure under or above private land "without the bureaucratic burden of long-running negotiations".

The government has also pledged to broker a new deal for broadband installation with industry and highway authorities to ensure traffic regulation does not hinder the rollout of super-fast broadband.

And it will facilitate discussions between broadband infrastructure providers, power companies and Ofgem to develop a standardised national power supply contract for broadband infrastructure.

The government is investing £680 million in UK broadband services, with the promise of another £300 million from the BBC television licence fee from 2015.

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