Govt to speed UK broadband?

The UK Government is willing to consider some form of limited public intervention to spur private-sector investment in 'ultra-fast' broadband networks. Stephen Timms, minister for competitiveness, will use a speech to the Broadband Stakeholder Group to warn that the UK risks lagging behind other leading industrialised countries that are rolling out super-fast, fixed-line broadband networks.

He will say that ministers and regulators had just two years to find ways to encourage investment in high-speed broadband, or UK competitiveness would suffer.

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