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Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey has pledged to offer clarity as to where projects offering superfast broadband will be delivered over the coming autumn.

The current Broadband Delivery UK programme aims to extend the coverage of “superfast broadband” services to 95 per cent of homes by 2017.

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The programme is currently dominated by BT, although other companies, including Gigaclear and Airband, are also involved.  

However, the rollout of the programme has still been hamstrung by a series of stumbling blocks, some of which were brought up at a parliamentary debate on Monday (July 13th).

Points raised included alleged broken promises on the part of BT in delivering superfast broadband services, the lack of deployments for business parks and the absence of a firm plan for funding and reaching the final five per cent of premises across the UK.  

However, Mr Vaizey has responded by insisting that a plan outlining coverage for the remaining five per cent will be published “before the end of the year“.

He called on his colleagues to show patience with the rollout, insisting that details of precisely how such projects will be delivered will be made clear over the next few months.  

Mr Vaizey said: “When BT gets on the ground and does the mapping exercises, it might find that getting to a particular village is more complicated than it had thought, so it revises its plan.

"There is no doubt that that causes great consternation to villagers who were expecting broadband to be delivered."

Vaizey added: "It is my intention in the autumn to update all relevant Members of the House on the progress of broadband in their constituencies to make it absolutely clear where broadband will be delivered.

"It is important to warn those who might be at the tail end of the programme that they might have to wait some time. We cannot deliver it overnight.”

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