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More than two million homes and businesses are now able to access super-fast broadband as a result of the government-funded rollout of next-generation services.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) said super-fast connections are now available to four out of five premises nationwide, as the deployment of fibre continues in rural areas.

It claimed the project to deliver speeds of at least 24Mb to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017 is "on-track".

"Government recognises the importance of a fast internet connection to individuals and businesses alike, and its £1.7 billion investment in the rollout is a key part of [its] long-term economic plan," the DCMS added.

The department explained that the Broadband Delivery UK rollout is currently reaching an additional 40,000 homes and businesses every week.

And along with commercial fibre deployments, this is helping to improve access to super-fast internet services across the UK.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said there are two million more UK homes and businesses with access to super-fast broadband than there were two years ago as a result of the scheme.

"This is a tremendous result that is already making a huge difference to millions of people," he stated.

"We want everyone in the UK to be able to enjoy the benefits of super-fast broadband, that’s why we’ve begun work on reaching the last five per cent of communities not covered by existing plans."

Joe Garner, Chief Executive of Openreach, BT’s local network business, said the firm is "proud" to be delivering a "great British success story" in partnership with the government.

He claimed the programme is on-schedule overall, and Openreach's engineers continue to work flat-out on connecting homes and business in the UK’s hard-to-reach areas.

"If we come in under-budget, savings can be reinvested to take coverage even further," Mr Garner noted.

"Funds will also be released if take-up exceeds expectations, all of which is further great value for the taxpayer."

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