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Virgin Media has criticised the government for using public funds to subsidise BT's broadband rollout.

The provider believes ministers are "doing the wrong thing", since Virgin Media and many other operators are using private capital to increase the supply of superfast broadband.

Tom Mockridge, Chief Executive of Virgin Media, also pointed out that this approach is counterproductive at a time of public sector austerity.

"BT is doing the wrong thing taking the money from a government borrowing £72 billion this year," he commented.

Mr Mockridge was speaking after the European Commission backed the government's plans to deliver superfast broadband speeds to 95 per cent of UK premises by the end of 2017.

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

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