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A high-speed fibre-optic broadband network implemented with government backing would be the fairest way to connect the UK, according to one industry figure.

Edd Dawson, managing director of broadband.co.uk, believes that countries which make a substantial investment into their broadband networks, such as South Korea, reap the benefits.

Weighing up whether a £28 billion investment into fibre-to-the-home or £5 billion into the fibre-to-the-cabinet option would be best, Mr Dawson explained that the larger outlay would reach all corners of the country.

He said: "In the UK we've got the opportunity to take that leap and have a joined up broadband network that really works and delivers to the whole country, or we can have a piece meal network where some people get great service and other areas get nothing."

However, an independent review commissioned by the government recently concluded that major public investment into a next-generation broadband network was not needed at present.

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