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The government has claimed that over 3.5 million homes and businesses are now covered by its nationwide rollout of superfast broadband.

Nearly nine out of ten UK homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband speed, with the government crediting its broadband delivery arm (BDUK) as well as investment from the commercial sector.

It is the fastest rollout of its kind anywhere in the world, with coverage set to reach an estimated four million by spring 2016.

Delivering speeds of over 24Mbps, the rollout aims to take super fast broadband coverage to 95% of the UK by December 2017.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Our rollout of superfast broadband is one of the biggest and most challenging infrastructure projects undertaken by government in recent times.

"We need to keep the UK moving with the demands of the digital age, and our tremendous progress throughout 2015 has equipped businesses with the tools they need to grow, and homes with the technology to be part of our online global community."

The announcement comes on the back of a year that has seen dramatic transformations in the UK's digital landscape, with government initiatives providing a boost to connectivity in some of the most remote areas of the UK.

The government has now begun working on the introduction of a broadband Universal Service Obligation, which will aim to give people across the UK a legal right to request a connection speed of at least 10Mbps, no matter where they live.

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