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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

It seems that high speed broadband will not necessarily be rolled out to housing in the countryside after a Whitehall document has said that "it is unlikely that everyone will want to be connected".

This statement is contrary to the government's previous promise to bring faster internet speeds to every home across the United Kingdom, reports The Telegraph.

Although ministers are saying that most people in rural areas have little interest in being connected, it appears that the real reasoning behind the decision has been to try to save money.

The document from Whitehall details that fast broadband connections will only be given to the areas of the countryside that request it.

Campaigners and even MPs have expressed their disappointment in the government abandoning its original plans.

In response, The Telegraph is set to launch a campaign to encourage ministers to stay true to their pledge and provide faster broadband connections to those who are living in out of the way areas.

Regarding the rest of the country, it seems that plans are on-course to bring superfast speeds to 95 per cent of the UK by the close of 2017.

This will be achieved via a roll-out scheme, which is run by the government in concurrence with BT.

Despite the government's change of heart regarding bringing high speeds to the countryside, it should come as no surprise, as last year Sajid Javid, the previous culture secretary, referred to the "final five per cent" in rural areas as "challenging".

There are sure to be many people disappointed however, after David Cameron had urged a "universal service obligation" to bring a 10megabits per second connection to anyone in the UK regardless of their location, which he intended on making a legal right.

Contrastingly, Ed Vaizey, the present culture minister, commented that "there might be an element where individuals would have to contribute in order to get" a basic 10MB speed.