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Ministers have been urged to make it easier for internet providers to roll out fibre infrastructure across the country.

According to the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), reducing the high costs of deploying fibre technology must be a priority for the government.

Furthermore, ministers have been urged to focus on easing the administrative burdens of existing regulatory barriers.

The ISPA pointed out that infrastructure investment and network rollouts are market-led, which means it is "vital" the government clarifies how it plans to support the industry as it pushes for greater fibre deployment throughout Britain.

James Blessing, Chairman of the ISPA, commented: "Government have reiterated their commitment to helping extend fibre networks, which is a welcome step. 

"If government really want to help our members, they should prioritise removing barriers to rollout."

Mr Blessing added that ministers are right to "pursue an ambitious approach" for the UK's communications infrastructure.

However, he said this can only be achieved if the barriers that stand in the way of fibre deployments are reduced.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond confirmed in his Autumn Statement late last year that £400 million is to be put towards improving the UK's fibre broadband infrastructure.

The money will be placed in a Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, with cash shared between fibre broadband providers seeking to expand, while private investors will be asked to match the amount put forward by the government.

A further £740 million will be put towards developing 5G services and a scheme that enables local authorities to bid for fibre connectivity.

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