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The government has reaffirmed its commitment to offering "world-class" connectivity across the UK.

As part of its new Digital Strategy, the government has announced that a £1 billion programme will be set up to keep Britain "at the forefront of digital connectivity".

According to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, this funding will speed up the development and uptake of next generation digital infrastructure, including full fibre broadband and 5G.

Ministers also want to set up a Business Connectivity Forum, which would bring together communications providers, business organisations and local authorities to help firms access fast, affordable and reliable broadband.

Karen Bradley, the Culture Secretary, commented: "The UK’s world-leading digital sectors are a major driver of growth and productivity and we are determined to protect and strengthen them.

"This Digital Strategy sets a path to make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business, trial a new technology, or undertake advanced research as part of the government’s plan to build a modern, dynamic and global trading nation."

Ms Bradley went on to state that in order to achieve this, ministers will work closely with businesses and other stakeholders.

She said the aim will be to make sure the benefits and opportunities are "spread across the country so nobody is left behind".

Ms Bradley added that every individual and business should have the skills and confidence to make the most of digital technology, as well as have easy access to high-quality internet regardless of where they are based.

"There should be no digital divide," she stated.

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