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The government’s Major Projects Authority (MPA) has put the UK's rural broadband rollout on red/amber alert, it has been reported.

The MPA uses a traffic light system to gauge the progress of public-funded schemes, and assess the likelihood that they will achieve their goals, reports

A red/amber alert means the MPA believes the successful delivery of the project is in doubt, and there are major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas.

"Urgent action is needed to ensure these are addressed, and see whether resolution is feasible," the MPA states.

The government has committed at least £530 million to the rollout of high-speed broadband in rural parts of the UK.

Current Con-Lib coalition plans aim for all UK communities to have access to broadband speeds of at least 2Mb by 2015.

The government also wants 90 per cent of the population to have access to super-fast broadband speeds.

But with many local authorities yet to assign contracts for infrastructure work, and only a handful having begun deployment work, there are fears over the timescale for delivery.

The delayed release of state aid funding in 2012 - owing to a European Commission investigation - slowed the rollout project down, along with other administrative issues.

According to, the government's £150 million urban broadband rollout has also been placed on amber/red alert by the MPA.

This scheme is designed to ensure ultra-fast broadband and high-speed public Wi-Fi coverage in neglected parts of major UK cities.

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