Government superfast broadband reaches 1.9m homes and businesses

Almost two million more homes and businesses in the UK can now get superfast broadband due to the government programme aiming to make it available to 95% of the country by 2017, which is being overseen by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

New figures published by BDUK, part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, show the programme has made download speeds of over 24Mb available to 1,908,725 premises. That number stood at just 254 in December 2012.

Homes and businesses covered by commercial networks like BT's and Virgin Media's aren't included in the figures, as the idea of the programme is to make superfast broadband available to those that wouldn't get it as part of a commercial roll-out. Neither are those covered by the programme that don't get over 24Mb.

At the end of December 2014, in total £250million had been awarded to local authorities in grants and transferred to the budgets devolved administrations like Scotland and Wales by BDUK. This works out as 7,752 premises being covered for every £1million spent.

However, those figures are likely to change as the programme continues, especially when it gets to the harder-to-reach rural areas that will be more costly to cover.

Having dropped that not significant amount of cash on superfast broadband, the government is now understandably looking to convince you to upgrade to it, with BDUK launching an advertising campaign late last year urging you to join the "superfast nation".

To find out if you can upgrade to superfast broadband, just plonk your postcode into a price comparison website like this one. Not only can you find out if it's available where you are, you can also see who does it, how fast it is and how much it costs.

Source: ISP Review

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