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Former Digital Minister Ed Vaizey has hailed the government's efforts to boost broadband coverage across the UK.

Earlier this week, a report by consumer group Which? said 11 places in the UK currently get less than the 10Mbps minimum recommended speed.

However, Mr Vaizey has dismissed the findings and said he did not agree with the report's premise.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said this is because only one in three people choose to take up superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps, which means average speeds are lower than they would be otherwise.

"I think we have done a brilliant job in terms of delivering broadband to as many people as possible," Mr Vaizey commented.

Ministers have promised to implement a new broadband Universal Service Obligation that ensures everyone in Britain has a legal right to request minimum speeds of 10Mbps by 2020.

Mr Vaizey believes the "next big hurdle" for the government will be delivering fibre-to-the-premises technology, which is "when you get the pipe basically going into your house".

The ex-Minister said countries such as Spain are "very well advanced" in this area, which means the UK must meet the challenge of catching up over the next five to ten years.

"My message is we’ve got it right - delivering broadband speeds to as many people as possible," Mr Vaizey said.

He went on to praise news that Northern Ireland is to get £150 million to spend on broadband infrastructure, announced after the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party reached an agreement on a confidence-and-supply deal in parliament.

Mr Vaizey said he is "delighted" to see the province is to get renewed investment in broadband and suggested it could "lead the way in superfast broadband" over the coming years.

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