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America is in danger of falling behind in the provision of high-speed broadband services, according to a new study.

US-based firm Educause has issued a report claiming that if current trends continue, American home and business broadband networks will be unable to cope with the growing number of sites requiring high-bandwidth connections for content like live video streams.

It predicts that the US will require networks capable of delivering 100MB services within the next three to five years to meet consumer and business demand.

Currently, it is nowhere near being able to reach that objective, Educause states.

It adds that a failure to implement an adequate national broadband strategy to keep up with demand means that the cost of upgrading networks will be in the region of $100 billion (£50 billion).

In contrast, Japan has already converted much of its broadband infrastructure to deliver 100MB speeds to 85 per cent of the country, according Kiyooshi Mori, the Japanese vice-minister for communications policy.

British companies BT and H20 have also recently unveiled plans to introduce fibre-based networks to increase access speeds across the UK.

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