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Reports have suggested the UK government is anticipating that an extra £500 million will be needed in order to bring superfast connectivity to the remaining five per cent of premises across the country.

The current Broadband Delivery UK programme, which has been largely overseen by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, aims to make fixed-line superfast services available to 95 per cent of the population by 2017/18.

However, the plans have been met with fierce debate about how to provide coverage to the remaining five per cent, with the government allegedly deciding that extra cash is needed. 

According to ISPreview, these extra funds could be raised through a new levy on providers.        

Reaching the remaining five per cent is set to be something of an expensive business, with a report from the Financial Times suggesting the government is not keen on finding the money from public sources, making a levy seem the most likely option.          

ISPreview claims the idea has already won favour with industry regulator Ofcom, with the organisation's CEO Sharon White hinting her support in its Strategic Review Document published last week.  

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