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The provision of next-generation broadband is essential to entire industries as well as consumers, one resource has suggested.

According to What PC, the current debate being carried out by the Broadband Stakeholders Group (BSG) must accept that the substantial investment necessary to install fibre-optic and other 100 Mbps plus services is a necessity for business and consumers.

It notes that concerns about profitability of installing the services have been discussed in the past when broadband networks were first being developed.

The group notes that the financial importance of those developments cannot be ignored, with many companies entirely reliant on broadband.

"Entire industries already depend on broadband for their existence. There would be no iTunes, no YouTube [and] no BBC iPlayer, to name just three of the most popular services enabled by high-speed communications," the article suggested.

The report notes that new high-speed networks are essential to the continued progression of these and other services, concluding by asserting that because everyone wins from high-speeds, everyone must play their part.

Earlier this month, the BSG announced that the significant additional investment required for fibre-optic deployment will be more than matched by the long-term economic benefits.

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