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The government has reaffirmed its commitment to cutting the cost of deploying new broadband infrastructure.

Work is now beginning to implement the Digital Economy Bill, which includes a commitment to improving digital connectivity for consumers across the UK and making infrastructure deployments more affordable.

Ministers have also confirmed they want to simplify planning rules in order to boost digital coverage in those areas that are among the hardest to reach.

According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, the act "places the consumer at its heart" and will be vital in ensuring people's rights and interests are "protected and strengthened in an increasingly digital society".

Matt Hancock, the Digital Minister commented: "The Digital Economy Act is about building a strong, safe and connected economy. 

"It will secure better support for consumers, better protection for children on the internet, and underpin a radical transformation of government services."

The government added that several important provisions in the Act have already come into force. 

These include powers to put a new broadband Universal Service Obligation in place, thereby giving people the right to request "an affordable broadband connection, at a minimum speed, from a designated provider, up to a reasonable cost threshold".

The Act also includes a commitment to giving consumers better information about communication services and simplifying the switching process.

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