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A multi-million pound package to "accelerate the future of broadband" has been confirmed by the government.

The funding forms part of a wider infrastructure investment plan that has just been published.

Worth more than £500 million, the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline covers projects ranging from upgrades to roads and flood defences to major schemes such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke commented: "This record infrastructure pipeline is set to make a real difference to people’s lives from quicker and easier journeys, to better broadband access, and building more homes for people who need them in high demand areas.

"It is clear proof that we are absolutely committed to ensure our infrastructure is fit for the future, which is at the heart of our ambitious plans to close the UK’s productivity gap and build a fair economy for everyone."

The announcement coincides with a new survey from ISPreview.co.uk, which found that 78.2 per cent of its readers believe the government should invest in deploying ultrafast broadband in rural areas.

Nearly a quarter of respondents said at least £15 million of public money should be used to support the rollout of ultrafast broadband in the countryside, while more than a fifth said £5 billion should be used for this purpose.

However, the survey identified some differences in opinion on what actually constitutes ultrafast broadband.

Almost half of those polled said a connection must be capable of achieving speeds of 1Gbps to be classed in this way.

Meanwhile, more than a quarter said ultrafast speeds must be at least 300Mbps, while a similar proportion stated they must be 100Mbps or more.

Source: ISPreview.co.uk

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