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The plan to connect every household and business in Britain with a broadband connection offering speeds of up to at least 2Mb has been backed by one research firm.

Point Topic has thrown its weight behind the proposal, which made up part of communications minister Lord Carter's recent Digital Britain report.

According to Point Topic's chief analyst, Tim Johnson, the provision of a universal 2Mb network could be a first step to securing widespread fibre-optic cable broadband in the future.

Mr Johnson said: "FTTC (for fibre-to-the-cabinet) is the key next-generation access technology which will support download speeds of 40Mb or more.

"So the apparently cautious requirement for 2Mb will help to provide financial support and a market driver for next-generation access."

Point Topic stressed that UK ISPs should be working to improve services during peak times, when speeds have been seen to be up to 30 per cent slower.

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