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Only a limited proportion of the planned budget for the rural satellite broadband voucher scheme has been spent thus far.

According to culture secretary Ed Vaizey, the total value of the installations ordered is just £8,400 to date.

This is despite the fact up to £60 million of funding has been made available to support the rollout of the scheme across Britain.

The basic broadband subsidy scheme was launched at the end of 2015 and will run until December 2017.

Mr Vaizey added that the programme "fulfils the government's commitment to ensure every home and business in the UK can access speeds of at least 2Mbps".

This comes shortly after NFU Vice-President Guy Smith said the government still needs to go further "to improve internet and mobile communications in the most remote areas".

He argued that focusing on minimum speeds of 2Mbps represents an "outdated" approach and added that "significant investment in rural broadband is needed".

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