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The Digital Economy Minister has admitted that the government may be unable to deliver on its promise of offering universal superfast speeds.

The government wants to ensure that everyone is able to access minimum broadband speeds of 10Mbps by 2020 and make this target legally binding.

However, Ed Vaizey has said he cannot guarantee that every single house and business premises will get this level of connectivity, although he stated that it "should be potentially possible".

Speaking in front of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, he also suggested a cap on the amount of public funding could be put in place for connections that cost many thousands of pounds.

As a result, properties in remote rural locations and other hard-to-reach places could miss out on benefiting from the roll-out.

Mr Vaizey added that it is uncertain whether or not these connections should be "effectively paid for by industry" or if individual premises should contribute to the cost.

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