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Nearly three million homes and businesses across the UK now have access to superfast broadband speeds of 30Mbps as part of the government-backed Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme.

That is according to figures released by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), which found that 2,905,764 premises were covered by the scheme at the end of June, at a cost of £331,828,330.

The numbers, which bring the government closer to its target of 95% coverage in two years' time, equate to 8,757 premises per £1 million spent.

However, the DCMS claims the true figure is likely to be closer to 7,904 per £1 million, due to the fact that work is often carried out ahead of payment.

The government claims the momentum of BDUK is unlikely to slow down any time soon, stating that 40,000 properties are currently being passed each week, although the figures do not include the super connected city voucher scheme, the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) and other public broadband initiatives.

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale described reaching the three million milestone as "a huge achievement".

“Our rollout of superfast broadband is transforming lives up and down the country as, every day, thousands more homes and businesses are gaining access to superfast speeds," he said.

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