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The government has introduced a new scheme that it believes will incentivise operators to invest in full-fibre broadband.

The Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2018 enables 100 per cent business rates relief for companies that install new fibre on their networks.

Ministers believe this will help homes and businesses across England to benefit from better broadband connectivity and could pave the way for greater full-fibre coverage.

According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, full-fibre will "transform" how businesses work together, engage with their customers and target their export markets.

Furthermore, it said the technology will increase internet speeds for households and enable users to access more services online with multiple devices.

Margot James, the Digital Minister, commented: "We are building a Britain that is fit for the future and creating the right conditions to stimulate industry investment in infrastructure. 

"People need good connectivity wherever they work, live and travel, and initiatives like our business rates relief scheme are key to us delivering this.

Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak added that the the government wants everyone to benefit from fast, affordable and reliable broadband.

He stated that with this new legislation now in place, people can expect the rapid installation of new fibre, which will pave the way for better connectivity nationwide.

This comes shortly after the government confirmed it has given Ofcom two years to implement the broadband Universal Service Obligation, which means that by 2020, everyone in the UK will have a legal right to an affordable connection offering speeds of at least 10Mbps.

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