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The causes of variance in broadband internet speeds must be a priority for the government and industry regulator, a leading member of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) has suggested.

Pete Shearman, Policy Manager at the BSG, was speaking in the wake of a seminar held by the organisation to discuss ways of determining which factors impact the most on the speed of broadband connections.

Mr Shearman commented: "Getting behind the reasons for this variance should be a central concern of policymakers and the industry alike.

"The causes of the variance could have important implications for the development of public and regulatory policymaking in this area."

He went on to point out that broadband ISPs in the UK are often rendered powerless over the speeds which their customers receive.

Ofcom is due to publish its second report on broadband speeds later this year.

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