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The government is aiming for 100 per cent super-fast broadband coverage, the Communications Minister has claimed.

Ed Vaizey told the House of Commons that the public money being invested in broadband infrastructure should allow all homes and businesses to take advantage of next-generation services.

The government has previously set targets of 95 per cent super-fast broadband coverage by 2017, rising to 99 per cent by 2018 with the use of mobile and wireless platforms.

But Mr Vaizey's comments - in response to a question from the Labour MP for Bolton West Julie Hilling - suggest ministers are also targeting the final one per cent.

As reported by, he said "the whole point" of the rural broadband programme is to help areas - whether in the towns and cities or the countryside - where connectivity is lacking.

"Local councils are in charge of the roll-out, so they should know best where the money should go first for the most impact," Mr Vaizey added.

"We have had Phase 1 to get to 90 per cent; we now have phase 2 to get to 95 per cent; and the money we have allocated for new technologies will give us the figure we need to get to 100 per cent."

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