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Digital Minister Ed Vaizey has insisted good progress on rolling out superfast broadband is being made.

This week in parliament, shadow digital minister Chi Onwurah reminded Mr Vaizey that late last year, he said £60 million would be used to provide satellite provision for those with the slowest broadband speeds.

Ms Onwurah stated that since the announcement of this "Christmas present" in early December, only £8,000 has been spent and just 24 people have benefited from "his supposed gift".

Mr Vaizey was therefore challenged on why so few people are taking advantage of the offer and whether or not it was fit for purpose.

The minister responded by stressing that the government's superfast broadband programme has so far reached about 90 per cent of the UK.

"We have cast aside the Scrooge-like two megabits target that Labour had for the country as a whole, but we promised everyone guaranteed speeds of two megabits, and that is what we have done by providing subsidised satellite services," he commented.

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