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There is an argument for the investment of public money in a next-generation broadband network, the chair of the BSG has highlighted.

Despite the sentiments relayed by the Caio Review, there is a strong argument for the diversion of public money into next-generation broadband, according to the chair of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG).

Kip Meek told the Joint Westminster eForum & Westminster Media Forum keynote seminar: Digital Britain that the potential involvement of the government in providing high-speed cable broadband to the country could not be ignored.

Last year, the government-commissioned Caio Review described the case for government intervention as "weak".

Bur Mr Meek said: "There is very little forum for debate at this point that public intervention has a role in leading us towards the next generation of broadband and the extension of the current generation of broadband.

"The question is should the government intervene? Should it, for example, conduct a broadband tender of the type that's operating in Australia"

The Australian government is preparing to invest AU$5 billion (£2.3 billion) into a nationwide fibre-optic broadband internet network.

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