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Broadband providers have been urged to "re-think" internet delivery by the communications minister, Lord Stephen Carter.

He told the Culture Committee on December 11th that "it's time for a fresh approach" to the provision of broadband services.

Lord Carter's comments follow the announcement of a proposed collaboration between the BBC, BT and ITV to deliver on-demand TV over broadband connections through a single digital receiver.

"We do not yet get universal coverage and in my view we should have it," he said.

However, he suggested that broadband prices could be affected.

"It's an opportunity in a funny sort of way, because it's going to put pressure on people and businesses to find ever more efficient ways of doing things," he added.

Lord Carter, who was giving evidence to the committee about the BBC's commercial interests, also hinted that the government may have a role in developing a new broadband strategy.

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