The government is urging struggling rural broadband customers toapply for cash it has set aside to pay for ultra high-speed connections.
Digital Minister Matt Warman said £70m is "still there forthe taking".
The gigabit voucher scheme is part of the government's electionpledge to bring broadband speeds of up to 1,000Mbps to the whole country by2025.
It says nearly half a million homes have been connected with thehelp of government subsidies.
The average UK broadband speed is around 64Mbps (megabits persecond), according to the latest Ofcom figures.
Mr Warman said the 2025 target was ambitious and he could commitonly to "getting as close as we can".
"We're talking about a target that's five years away. We areabsolutely confident that we are doing all the right things," he said.
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