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A Labour government would provide high-quality, fast and reliable broadband for the whole of the UK, it has been claimed.

Speaking to, a spokesperson for the Labour Party accused the Con-Lib government of failing to deliver universal connectivity.

"The government is taking three years longer to deliver basic broadband to 99 per cent of the population than set out in the plans left by the last Labour government," the representative stated.

They predicted the coalition will also miss its target of delivering super-fast broadband access to 90 per cent of the population by 2015.

"A Labour government would take action and redouble our efforts to ensure that all homes and businesses can access high quality, fast and reliable broadband services," the spokesperson claimed.

"This will include super-fast broadband being available to all parts of the UK that are not economic for the market to serve unaided."

Labour would also "work with the regulator to ensure the right framework is in place to maximise the potential of private sector investment in broadband networks".

The party said high-speed, reliable broadband access is "increasingly essential" to full participation in the digital economy, and a world-class digital network for the whole of the UK will play a central role in creating jobs and boosting economic growth.

"This will create a more connected Britain and open up new markets to many small and medium sized businesses across the country," the spokesperson added.

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