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Digital Minister Matt Hancock has confirmed the Better Broadband Scheme has been extended for a year.

The initiative was set up to help people unable to get broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps get access to an affordable basic broadband service.

So far, more than 10,000 homes and businesses across the UK have already had their broadband speeds boosted through the scheme.

Mr Hancock noted that more than 94 per cent of the UK can now access superfast broadband speeds, as "thousands more homes and businesses are being reached every week".

However, he said there is still more to be done to "get decent broadband to all", which is why the Better Broadband Scheme has been set up to provide immediate assistance to those people with "the very worst" connectivity.

"I’m delighted to say we are extending the scheme to help people in some of the most rural and hard to reach areas of the country," Mr Hancock commented.

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