UK aims for the fastest broadband in Europe by 2015
Jeremy Hunt has pledged to give creative industries a shot in the arm by ensuring Britain has the fastest broadband network of any major European country by 2015.
The culture secretary's commitment marks a firming up of the government's original target to create the best superfast broadband network in Europe by the end of this parliament, and follows a House of Lords report into the national broadband strategy published last month.
"To really be the best you need to be the fastest," Hunt told broadband experts at Silicon Roundabout, the area around Old Street on the fringes of the City of London where many technology firms and startups are based. "I am today announcing an ambition to be not just the best overall, but specifically the fastest broadband of any major European country.