Policy makers addressing public service funding must take broadband into consideration, a member of the government has said.
Communications minister Stephen Carter believes that organisations making use of broadband such as news providers should be entitled to funding.
The former chief executive of Ofcom says that other media groups utilising broadband, not just the BBC, should be entitled to government money.
He told the Guardian: "We as a country have got to get to a point where we equate broadcasting and broadband in our policymaking, because if we continue making broadcasting-only decisions we are going to get left behind.
"People want public service content and there are many different providers of that, from newspapers to local radio stations, blogs and other wholly-owned, market-funded companies."
Lord Carter is currently preparing a report into Digital Britain, of which broadband will be a main focus, for next spring.