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The business sense in investing in the construction of high-speed broadband internet programmes has been questioned.

Tony Lavendar, managing partner at Analysys Mason Research Telecoms, told the Intellect Annual Regent Conference 2009 that there is no guarantee on how quickly those who foot the bill for the construction of fibre-optic cable broadband networks will see a return on their investment.

Mr Lavendar said that while the profitability of the service was not in question, it is the construction or "plumbing" process of the network which needs to happen first.

He commented: "It's actually very hard to monetise a lot of what is going over those networks, even if [the plumbing] is being monetised.

"The real question is how much of that is going back to the person who's making that network investment."

The Digital Britain report recently compiled by Lord Carter proposes that the whole country should have the right to access broadband services reaching speeds of at least 2Mb.

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