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The UK has one million broadband connections, according to stats released by Oftel.

Over the last six months the total number of broadband connections including xDSL and cable has risen from 500,000 to 1m, with new connections running at over 20,000 per week.

Predictably, Oftel boss David Edmonds is trying to claim some of the responsibility for this achievement.
In a statement he said: "Oftel has helped to create the most competitive broadband market in Europe through the huge amount of work we have undertaken in a number of areas."

E-commerce Minister Stephen Timms also couldn't resist getting in on the act. "It took five years for the UK to see a million people using mobile phones," he said. "At this pace, the UK is well on its way to being the most extensive and competitive market for broadband in the world."

Bless. Now how's about turning your attention to the third of the UK population who can't get xDSL or cable broadband instead of crowing about this "milestone"? Hmmmm? ®

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