The government has outlined plans to provide every part of the UK with access to super-fast broadband by 2015.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government had "raised the game massively" in improving the UK's broadband.
The strategy, he said, was to "use the very limited funds available we have in the current climate to really stimulate as much investment as possible in the private sector".
But he argued that the previous government's target of two megabit broadband did not go far enough.
"It's silly to hang your hat on a speed like two meg, when the game is changing the whole time. We need to have the best super-fast broadband network," he said.
Broadband access, he said, could create up to 600,000 jobs and was vitally important to improve the lives of the socially disadvantaged.
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