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Broadband Minister Ed Vaizey says the government has set itself a "challenging target" for the delivery of high-speed broadband in rural areas.

The Con-Lib coalition has made £530 million available for investment in the UK countryside's broadband infrastructure.

It is aiming to deliver super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of UK homes and businesses by 2015, and ensure all communities have access to at least 2Mb speeds.

Mr Vaizey told the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee that there is no prospect of the government delivering early on its goal.

Indeed, he said the coalition is "running as fast as it can" to deliver high-speed broadband outside the UK's urban centres.

The rollout was boosted recently when the European Commission cleared the delivery of state aid funding to UK county councils.

Concerns over the level of competition in the Broadband Delivery UK tender process had prevented many authorities from accessing their share of the £530 million pot.

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