But Andrew Ferguson, editor of thinkbroadband.com, said Ofcom's figures masked a continuing divide in speeds.
"This survey shows us rural Britain may have a higher proportion of broadband homes but those homes are getting a slower service," he said.
The reasons for this were various, he said. "It's a combination of telephone line length and the lack of access to cable and other options from BT's rivals."
BT claims more than 99% of the country can now get broadband, but rural customers may still find it a struggle to get the speed they need for services like streaming video.
The residents of Arnisdale, a remote village on the west coast of Scotland, cannot get broadband at all by conventional means. The village is nine miles from the nearest BT exchange at Glenelg - too far for a broadband connection to work.
Why broadband fails to reach remote areas
But, in a project backed by the University of the Highlands and Islands and by the University of Edinburgh, Arnisdale is getting a wireless broadband connection from a series of masts which beam a signal from the Isle of Skye.
The project has been led by Professor Peter Buneman, an academic from Edinburgh University who lives in Arnisdale.
He campaigned without success to get BT to take broadband to the village, and then decided that the community would have to find its own solution.
"I'm now getting better than 10Mbps," he said, "faster than you would get in a city."
Fibre-optic cables may one day replace copper wires
But he said many places in Scotland, which relied on broadband coming down a copper wire from a BT exchange, would not be able to get fast broadband.
"To get 'city' speeds of 8Mbps you need to be less than two miles from an exchange," said Prof Buneman. "And remember that 8Mbps is pretty low by international standards."
BT's director for Scotland, Brendan Dick, said the residents of Arnisdale were to be applauded for their initiative.
He said that more homes in Britain now had access to broadband than to running water.
"The UK has been at the forefront of the broadband revolution," he said. "It's been an amazing journey from less than 150,000 broadband connections in 2002 to around 13 million now."
And he insisted that, while a few countries were ahead of the UK in terms of speed, "the vast majority of users are happy with the speeds they are paying for".
The government is currently undertaking a review into the prospects for next-generation broadband.
There is widespread agreement that the copper wire that connects most homes to a telephone exchange will eventually have to be replaced by fibre-optic cable, if the UK is to match its international rivals in building an ultra-fast network.
But that will be a very costly undertaking, and it is not yet clear who will pay for it.
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