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Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey has said he wants to see more ultrafast broadband connectivity across Britain.

Conservative MP Ben Howlett told the minister in the House of Commons that in his constituency, technology is available to skip a superfast broadband rollout and go directly to installing ultrafast broadband.

Mr Howlett asked Mr Vaizey whether or not he agrees with the logic of this approach, as he believes it will help to reduce disruption and save money in the long-term.

The minister responded by saying: "Now is the time to start looking at a gigabit Britain. I utterly endorse what my honourable friend says."

However, Mr Vaizey stressed it is very important to set realistic targets when it comes to broadband speeds.

This, he said, is why the Conservatives dropped the previous Labour government's 2Mbps policy and went to 24Mbps.

Mr Vaizey went on to state that the UK offers better broadband facilities than many comparable nations, such as Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

He argued that the quality of the country's broadband market should be measured not only on speed, but also on factors such as prices.

"We have some of the lowest prices anywhere in the world," Mr Vaizey said.

Furthermore, he pointed out that the UK leads the world in ecommerce, which he said also shows that it is "probably the world's most advanced digital nation".

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