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The provision of broadband to every household in the country could mean a new era in public service broadcasting as the BBC produces content designed for online consumption.

That is the view put forward by Film Council chief executive John Woodward, who thinks that public service broadcasting could be enhanced by the expansion of the new medium.

He told the Guardian that the relatively new platform could be the stimulus for a wave of new programmes.

Mr Woodward said: "Universal access to broadband is the prerequisite to solving the emerging public service deficit identified by Ofcom, but it could and should also be the underpinning for a tsunami of new, innovative public service content."

Lord Carter is expected to reveal his aim of a minimum connection speed of 2Mb for all connection users by the year 2012 in his forthcoming report, Digital Britain.

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