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The spread of fibre-optic broadband cannot come soon enough for the large proportion of Brits who struggle to keep below their monthly download limits.

That is the view put forward by Mark Benson of IT Vibe, who says that over one million British broadband users have broken or are close to breaking their bandwidth boundaries.

Mr Benson pointed to the excess limits which over 50 per cent of broadband providers have written into their terms and conditions, saying that the popularity of video streaming websites such as YouTube and the BBC iPlayer means more bandwidth is being swallowed.

But Mr Benson said he could not see a next-generation transformation happening overnight.

He commented: "The need for a fibre optic broadband network throughout the UK has never been more vital but it still seems as though this move is some way off as the regulators and BT disagree over who should have to fund the lions share of costs."

BT recently began trialling its super-fast fibre-optic broadband service with pilots taking place in London and south Wales.

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