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The government-funded rural broadband rollout will bring super-fast connectivity to 10,000 properties a week, it has been claimed.

According to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), more farms and villages are being added to the network all the time, with nearly every local project now in the delivery phase.

The department says nearly a quarter of the projects in rural communities are already benefiting from super-fast speeds.

And from October, 10,000 new premises a week will be connected to the network, rising to 25,000 per week by spring 2014 and 40,000 by the summer.

The DCMS says the scheme - the fifth largest public infrastructure project - remains on course to deliver super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of premises by 2016.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey claimed the "transformation" of broadband has begun in the UK countryside.

"The coming months will see a rapid acceleration in the number of rural businesses and homes able to access super-fast speeds," he stated.

"Average rural internet speeds are increasing at a tremendous rate and local businesses are already starting to benefit from all that super-fast speeds have to offer."

The Con-Lib coalition is aiming to deliver super-fast broadband to 95 per cent of UK premises by 2017, and 99 per cent by the following year.

Local broadband rollouts around the UK are being part-funded by central government, local authorities and BT, which is carrying out the infrastructure work.

The government has distributed £530 million to councils across the UK to support the rollout of next-generation broadband, with the promise of additional funds after the 2015 general election.

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