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David Cameron has said he wants the law to be changed to enable more mobile phone masts to be built.

During this week's Prime Minister's Questions, Conservative MP Andrew Murrison said superfast broadband connectivity is poor in comparison to other nations and that patchy coverage is leading to businesses losing out, particularly those in rural areas.

The PM responded by pointing out that the number of homes and businesses able to access download speeds of at least 24Mbps has doubled since 2010.

Furthermore, Mr Cameron said the government is on track to reach its 90 per cent and 95 per cent targets.

However, he acknowledged that more can still be done and said changing the law could be an option worth looking at.

"This is an issue for Members across the House," Mr Cameron said. 

"Ten years ago, we were all rather guilty of leading campaigns against masts and all the rest of it. Our constituents now want internet and mobile phone coverage. We need to make sure that we change the law in all the ways necessary, that the wayleaves are granted, that the masts are built, that we increase coverage and that everyone is connected to the information superhighway."

Mr Cameron's comments have led to speculation that an announcement on this subject will be made in the upcoming Budget.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will deliver his keynote Budget speech in the House of Commons next week (March 16th).

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