Broadband industry watchdog Ofcom has speculated that broadband users will have to contribute to the planned upgrades to the UK network.
As more people use bandwidth-heavy internet services, there is increasing pressure on broadband providers to support faster connections.
Speaking at a recent conference, Ofcom's head of convergent media warned that users "would have to pay to build" the faster network infrastructure required to support new services such as streaming video and online gaming.
He stated that new networks would have to be able to support speeds of at least 24 Mbps in order to meet the demand for the new services, reports Computeract!ve.
Although there are currently a number of projects to upgrade Britain's existing networks, Ofcom has also recently reported that internet service providers (ISPs) are reluctant to pay for the new infrastructure.
It recently announced that ISPs have stated there is currently no argument for upgrading the networks because there is not yet sufficient demand.
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