'BBC must fund super-fast broadband’

The Conservatives have unveiled plans to deliver a “nationwide super-fast broadband”, part of which could be funded from the BBC licence fee.

Shadow chancellor George Osborne said a Tory government would deliver speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) to the “majority” of homes by 2017. He said cabling in rural areas could be paid for by private investors, with the licence fee making up any shortfalls. The government has set a target that all homes should have access to speeds of 2Mbps by 2012.

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