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 forCulture, Media and Sport, show the programme has made downloadspeeds of over 24Mb available to 1,908,725 premises. Thatnumber stood at just 254 in December 2012.

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

At the end of December 2014, in total £250million had beenawarded to local authorities in grants and transferred to thebudgets 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 programmecontinues, especially when it gets to the harder-to-reach ruralareas that will be more costly to cover.

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

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

Source: ISP Review

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