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Published: 22nd Apr 2013

Maria Miller, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, has claimed the government will reach its target for the rollout of super-fast broadband.

This is despite a number of concerns being raised in a recent House of Commons debate.

Harriet Harman, the shadow secretary for culture, asked Ms Miller if she could confirm whether the government is on track to achieve its aim of providing 90 per cent of premises with high-speed broadband by 2015.

Ms Miller responded: "More than two thirds of premises now have access to super-fast broadband, so perhaps it is little wonder that the people of this country bought so many goods and services online in 2011 - we bought more than any other major economy."

She added: "Broadband has a fantastic role to play and we are making sure it reaches more and more households. Indeed, it will reach ten million more households by the end of this parliament (2015)."

However, technology website The Register claimed Ms Miller's assertions may be overly optimistic, as BT, which has been awarded every single contract through the government's Broadband Delivery UK
(BDUK)  scheme, has said much of its work in the UK countryside will not be complete until 2016.

Super-fast broadband is becoming increasingly important to the everyday life of people in the UK.

A fast connection is needed to enable internet users to work from home and engage in popular online activities such as video streaming and gaming.

If you need access to this type of service immediately and cannot wait for the government rollout to be completed in 2015 or possibly beyond, satellite broadband is the ideal solution.

The Tooway satellite technology offered by Avonline can provide download speeds of up to 20 Mbps anywhere in the UK, including rural and remote areas.

It only requires the fitting of a small satellite dish and modem and is usually installed and fully operational within two weeks of an order being placed.

Posted by Mark Wynn