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Some 4.65 million premises now have a superfast broadband service as a result of the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme.

According to the figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, net grants to local authorities and budget transfers to devolved governments added up to nearly £577 million in cash terms up to the end of September 2017.

This works out to 8,062 premises being covered for each £1 million of BDUK funds up to this point.

Premises that will not be reached by BDUK-backed projects still stand to benefit from the government's proposed broadband Universal Service Obligation.

This will ensure that everyone in Britain has a legal right to request minimum speeds of 10Mbps by 2020.

According to the government, this is the speed that will meet the typical needs of a family that wants to browse the web, stream films and carry out video conferencing at the same time.

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