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Published: 11th Mar 2013

The government is underperforming in its bid to improve the UK's broadband services, according to a recent survey by ISPreview.

More than 70 per cent of people surveyed said the government is making "poor" progress towards its goal of ensuring super-fast broadband is available to 90 per cent of the population by 2015. Only 7.5 per cent of respondents said they believe the government's plans are on track.

Nearly 15 per cent of people think the government's progress is average, while the remaining 6.9 per cent said they do not know.

ISPreview also asked people if they think the current government is doing a better job in terms of broadband delivery than its predecessors in the Labour Party. The response was largely negative, with only 15 per cent of respondents saying they feel the coalition has improved broadband services.

Over a third of respondents believe the Labour government was doing a better job, while a similar amount of people said the efforts of both parties are roughly the same.

When asked who they think is to blame for the six-month state aid clearance delay, which has limited the rollout of super-fast broadband, nearly half of the survey's respondents said the government is responsible.

This is in stark contrast to the claims of culture secretary Maria Miller, who in late 2012 said that "stifling EU bureaucracy" was holding back state aid for broadband improvements. Joaquín Almunia of the European Commission responded by saying the UK had failed to provide the necessary information on time.

Only 21.3 per cent of people share Ms Miller's view that the EU is to blame for delays, while 4.7 per cent of respondents believe internet service providers such as BT are responsible.

In light of this survey, ISP review has suggested the government may struggle to reach its target of 90 per cent super-fast broadband coverage by 2015 and the rollout could slip into 2016.

Posted by Craig Roberts