The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DMCS) has announced that there are now over 1.5 million premises with access to 'superfast' broadband connections, thanks to the rapid rollout of services.
This rate of rollout makes the UK a leader in the provision and adoption of high speed broadband networks, according to the department, and is due in part to a £1.7bn investment by the government.
"I'm delighted that the project has now reached more than 1.5 million homes and businesses, giving people much faster and more reliable connections," said culture secretary Sajid Javid.
"We know how important superfast broadband is to everyone, which is exactly why we are investing £1.7bn in this remarkable project.
"Our transformation of the UK's digital landscape is progressing at an incredible rate and delivering a tremendous boost to the nation's economy as part of the government's long-term economic plan."
BT is a project partner in the scheme, and said that it has rolled out 25,000km of fibre-optic cable and installed thousands of roadside cabinets.
The government claims to be on target to reach its goal of 95 percent superfast broadband coverage by 2017. The current figure is around 80 percent.
Rural communities are getting the same benefits as urban ones, according to the DMCS, and the average UK connection speed is 18.7Mbps.
"Rural Britain is being wired up and fired up as we push superfast broadband into the countryside at an electrifying pace," said environment secretary Elizabeth Truss.
"Connecting rural communities is enabling rural businesses to reach their full potential, creating jobs, boosting exports and supercharging our economy."
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