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Major political parties committed to network investment post-2015 - Network Cables

Network investment will be a key item on the agenda during the next parliament, regardless of who forms the government.

The Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats have all pledged to increase the UK's super-fast broadband coverage, should they win May's election.

Each of the parties has committed to the rollout of super-fast broadband in their respective manifestos, recognising the importance of super-fast connectivity to the nation as a whole.

The Conservative Party has promised to continue with its existing broadband rollout initiatives, with a view to ensuring "near universal" super-fast coverage by 2020.

It wants Britain to have the most comprehensive and cheapest super-fast broadband coverage of any major European country.

The prime minister David Cameron said his party would be focusing on delivering a number of major infrastructure projects, encompassing super-fast broadband, high-speed rail and road developments.

He said 40,000 homes and business are being connected to super-fast broadband every week, and he wants to see more of the same following the election.

The Liberal Democrats - who, as a coalition partner, have contributed to infrastructure policy over the last five years - have also promised to complete the rollout of high-speed broadband.

The party has outlined a plan to reach 99.9 per cent of UK households, plus small businesses in both rural and urban areas, in order to ensure everyone has access to digital technologies.

Labour has made a similar pledge, saying it will deliver fast broadband for the entire UK by 2020

The party's manifesto said Labour will ensure "all parts of the country benefit from affordable, high-speed broadband by the end of the parliament".

"We will work with the industry and the regulator to maximise private-sector investment and deliver the mobile infrastructure needed to extend coverage and reduce ‘not-spots', including in areas of market failure," it stated.

It remains to be seen who wins the general election, and whether any single party is able to govern on its own.

But with each of the three largest parties - by current number of MPs - seemingly committed to upgrading rural broadband networks, this may be one political issue upon which potential coalition partners will be able to agree.

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