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The government has announced a further investment of £250 million in the UK's super-fast broadband rollout.

Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said the fund is designed to ensure 95 per cent of the population has super-fast broadband access by 2017, and 99 per cent by 2018 using wireless technology.

The initial target set by the government is 90 per cent super-fast broadband coverage by 2015.

Mr Alexander said the coalition would work closely with the broadband industry to improve connectivity around the UK.

"In the 21st century good communications are not just about faster roads and high speed railways," he stated.

"This government has already committed to a £1.2 billion programme of public investment in fixed super-fast broadband."

Mr Alexander said he has seen first-hand the impact the government's investment is making in smaller, rural communities.

"It’s absolutely crucial, if we want to rebalance our economy that it’s not just the biggest cities that have access to the fastest broadband," he stated.

Mr Alexander claimed the UK already has better broadband coverage, usage and choice than Germany, Italy, France and Spain.

However, he said the Con-Lib coalition wants to go further, and ensure everyone has the chance to take advantage of super-fast broadband.

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