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The government would consider limited public intervention to increase development of next generation broadband, the minister for competitiveness is expected announce today.

Stephen Timms is anticipated to express enthusiasm for the move at tonight’s meeting of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), where, claims, he is expected to outline ways that private sector investment can be encouraged.

The move would most be aimed at preventing the UK from losing ground to other countries over speed of broadband access, which could prove deleterious to the economy.

In the BSG Pipe Dreams report, which was published in April, the industry body lobbied for greater emphasis to be placed on the roll out of next generation broadband.

The study also recommended that network bottlenecks which impair investment in the technology need to be addressed in the next 18 months and that the UK should aim to among the leading countries for fibre optic broadband access by 2012.

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