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The development of a high-speed UK broadband network will only be possible if investment in the sector is encouraged, one expert has said.

Dr Chris Doyle from Warwick Business School explained that the government could have a role in encouraging investment in next-generation broadband.

Speaking at the recent Westminster eForum & Westminster Media Forum keynote seminar, Digital Britain, Dr Doyle said that although the government may not wish to fund the development work, it does have a role to play in encouraging private sector firms to invest.

"We must encourage, where possible, further development and help the markets deliver the services," he told delegates at the event. "Not necessarily intervening in those markets but perhaps the government may have a role in providing a helping hand on occasion."

Dr Doyle was speaking prior to the publication of the government's Digital Britain report which sets out a 22-point plan to boost the UK's digital economy and includes proposals for universal broadband access.

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