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Plans to deliver superfast broadband speeds to 95 per cent of UK premises by the end of 2017 have been backed by the European Commission.

The body is satisfied that the UK National Broadband Scheme for 2016-2020 complies with EU state aid rules.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of competition policy, commented: "Today's decision endorses UK plans to support the roll-out of high speed broadband infrastructure."

"It aims to bring faster internet to UK consumers and businesses in line with EU state aid rules."

The decision has been hailed by Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey, who said it will help more properties be connected more quickly and bring a "welcome boost in broadband speeds to communities across the UK".

"Nine out of ten homes and businesses in the UK can already get superfast broadband and we are reaching thousands more every week," he stated.

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