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Fiona Ballantyne, Scotland's member on Scotland of the Communications Consumer Panel, made the suggestion when speaking at the Joint Westminster eForum & Westminster Media Forum keynote seminar: Digital Britain.

Ms Ballantyne said that this requirement for increased speeds brought complexity to consumers' buying decisions when it comes to broadband internet.

"As website content providers provide much more sophisticated content, then you need a decent speed in order to be able to access that," she explained.

"Consumers certainly need help from industry regulators to cope with the much more complex environment and very much more complex purchasing decisions."

Lord Carter recently underlined the need for faster broadband speeds in his Digital Britain report, proposing connections of at least 2Mb across the country.

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