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Labour has called on the government to provide more details on how it will increase fibre broadband coverage in the UK.

The government this week unveiled a new industrial strategy, outlining a wave of investment in areas such as transport, energy and digital infrastructure.

In a green paper, the government committed to spending £740 million on rolling out fibre broadband connections and 5G technology.

Ministers believe this will be particularly beneficial for those in rural areas, as it will encourage businesses to locate and grow outside major towns and cities.

However, Shadow Digital Economy Minister Louise Haigh has said the level of funding is inadequate, as it means many areas will still miss out on fibre coverage.

"Parts of our major cities, swathes of our rural communities and hundreds of thousands of Britain's small businesses deserve better than the out of date basic broadband the government wants them to put up with," she commented.

Ms Haigh also noted that this week's announcement was a repeat of a funding plan that has already been unveiled by ministers.

She insisted that with evidence demonstrating how superfast broadband will help "fire up" the economy, it is time the government was more ambitious and committed to delivering superfast broadband for all.

According to figures from Ofcom, superfast broadband is now available to 89 per cent of homes and small businesses in the UK, compared with 83 per cent a year ago.

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