Universal UK Broadband Delayed Until 2015

UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pushed back the deadline for providing a 2Mbps universal broadband connection across teh country from 2012 to 2015, The Daily Telegraph reports.

According to Hunt, the delay has been caused by "insufficient funds" being left by the previous Labour Government to meet the 2012 deadline.

The Cultural Secretary, speaking at a government-organised industry event, maintained that the country will have "the best broadband network in Europe by the end of this parliament".

He explained the economical and cultural advantages of countrywide super-fast broadband, as well as explaining how companies could help to roll out broadband in rural Britain.

Hunt indicated that water companies could be mandated to lay extra pipes when next excavating, and that all companies can be asked to share utilities, increasing the speed at which a fibre broadband network could be rolled out.

Currently, around 99 per cent of people living in Britain have access to a 512 Kbps broadband connection.