Communications minister Ed Vaizey has said the government is still hopeful it will reach its goal of providing 90 percent of citizens with superfast broadband coverage by 2015.
However, speaking on Thursday at an event in Westminster attended by V3, Vaizey said he felt the criticisms ignored many of the positives that were taking place around broadband rollouts.
“The PAC gave us a good going over two or three weeks ago about the quality of our broadband rollout and I vehemently disagree with everything they said. People talk about our programme being delayed but people don’t understand the rollout is happening as we speak,” he said.
“We’ve already reached around 200,000 premises, we’re passing 10,000 a week and by next spring we will be passing 40,000 a week. We hope to get to 90 percent by early 2016 but given half the projects underway are already ahead of schedule, I think we might get to our target of 2015.”
He also touted the government’s attempts to take its rollouts further with plans for 95 percent superfast coverage by 2017 and 99 percent by 2018 as proof the government is still very focused on broadband provision.
Vaziey’s upbeat stance on the broadband rollout was echoed by the chief executive of Ofcom, Ed Richards, who said recent criticisms had ignored many positives.
“The government deserves a lot of credit for finding the money and delivering a plan for ensuring that superfast broadband has gone significantly beyond the commercial deployment in a timely way,” he said
“I agree that the PAC and NAO missed that very fundamental point.”
Speaking at the event Richards also said that the rollout of superfast services was vital to ensure that people could access faster broadband, after he said he now believes a minimum of 8Mbps is required to make full use of the web.
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