Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced ambitions at National Digital Conference (picture courtesy DCMS)

90% of homes should have superfast broadband by 2015

Nine out of 10 homes and businesses in the UK should have access to superfast broadband by 2015.

The government has allocated £530m to funding what they hope will be the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015.

The government’s ambitions for providing everyone with broadband access were announced by Mr Hunt at the Race Online 2012 event.

“If we press ahead with expansion of superfast capabilities, then we can put UK in the global fast-lane," Mr Hunt said.

“If we fail to do so then we apply a handbrake to growth precisely when we need to power ahead.”

All homes and businesses in the UK should have access to at least 2MBps and superfast broadband should be available to 90 per cent of people in each local authority area, he added.

The market is expected to provide superfast broadband to around two thirds of the country.

The government is supporting the roll-out of superfast broadband to the third of UK homes and businesses that would otherwise miss out.

Local authorities can apply for a share of the £530m after developing a local broadband plan setting out how superfast broadband access will be rolled-out in their area.

“We have set aside the money and the expertise to make this happen," Mr Hunt said.

“Now local authorities need to step up to the plate by bringing forward their own plans setting out how they will deliver this level of ambition.”

Ofcom will publish a “league table” of broadband performance in each local authority area next month, Mr Hunt said.

This will be published annually to show how local authorities are progressing in bringing broadband to homes and businesses in their area.

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