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Super-Fast Broadband

Super-Fast Broadband is a popular UK term, which, as of writing (2011), generally refers to an Internet Connection which has a speed of 24Mbps and above. When most people think of Super-Fast Broadband, they usually think of a connection delivered by a fibre optic cable, rather than the traditional copper landline cabling. Super-Fast Broadband is also referred to as high speed broadband, and can be found in numerous countries around the globe. As of 2011, South Korea and Japan have two of the leading global high speed broadband networks, with considerable coverage percentages. The UK does have a Super-Fast Broadband network, which was first offered by Virgin Media, but, reports have suggested that only 1% of the UK's population has access to a broaband speed of 24Mbps and above.

The previous Labour (UK) government had developed a scheme to ensure that the whole of the UK would have a broadband speed of at least 2Mbps by 2012. Recently, the new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government has announced that they have shelved this scheme. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has stated that the Internet is evolving at such a pace that 2Mbps will not satisfy the demands of users. Instead, Jeremy Hunt has promised he will develop a strategy to create Europe's best broadband network by 2015. The coalition government has ear marked over £800m to help develop the UK's new fibre optic network. The current aim is to ensure that every community in the UK has access to fibre optic cabling. The one obstacle to this aim is the rural hard to reach communities dotted up and down the UK. Trials have already been put in place to reach difficult-to-reach areas such as the Scottish Highlands.

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