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The government will press ahead with controversial plans to invest in urban broadband networks, the Culture Secretary has revealed.

Despite facing criticism for funding upgrades in areas where private sector broadband providers are already active, Maria Miller said the Con-Lib coalition would not be changing its approach.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she said the government would be looking to accelerate the deployment and uptake of super- and ultra-fast broadband in the major UK cities.

Some £150 million has been set aside to achieve the goal of creating a network of super-connected UK cities.

However, some critics argue that the money could be better spent upgrading services in poorly-served rural areas, or encouraging the uptake of internet services among non-users.

She said it is important to invest in urban broadband if the UK is to keep up with its rivals in the "global race".

“We’ve already re-planned the majority of those projects and we will forge ahead to show the incredible benefits super-fast broadband can have to whole communities," Ms Miller stated.

The Culture Secretary said the market is not working perfectly in UK towns and cities as things stand.

"Complete, contiguous coverage is not what the market is delivering," she added.

"And where the market isn’t delivering there’s opportunities for these sorts of intervention, whether in rural or urban areas."

Ms Miller said her plan for UK broadband focuses jointly on speed and coverage, claiming that "ubiquitous access to high speed" is a unique selling point for Britain.

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