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The UK has a new minister in charge of broadband policy, following David Cameron's first major cabinet reshuffle.

Jeremy Hunt has been replaced as Culture Secretary by Maria Miller, the Conservative MP for Basingstoke, who moves from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Speaking following her appointment, she said she was "very much looking forward to tackling the many challenges the role will bring".

After assuming the role of Culture Secretary in May 2010, Jeremy Hunt frequently highlighted the importance of upgrading the UK's broadband infrastructure.

He set the government a target of creating Europe's best broadband network by 2015, allocating £530 million to local authorities for the rollout of next-generation services.

A further £150 million has also been made available to create a network of super-connected major cities across the UK.

Speaking in 2010, Ms Miller claimed that reliable internet access is vital for business and education.

She said a super-fast broadband network would help improve the lives of her Basingstoke constituents, by stimulating the local economy and creating jobs.

"It will also help improve life in our rural communities," Ms Miller added.

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