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The BBC could be asked to divert funding towards the development of next-generation cable broadband in the UK, Lord Carter has suggested.

In his recent Digital Britain report, the communications minister addressed the issue of universal 2Mb access for the whole country.

When quizzed over how super-quick speeds would be brought to Britain, Lord Carter made the case for a BBC contribution.

Speaking to parliament's business committee, he explained: "More and more people get their media from the internet and that usage is doubling every two years. Would the nation's state-funded content provider have a role in this? It would seem to me it would."

Lord Carter also touched on the formation of a Rights Agency – a body set up to safeguard copyrighted material by persuading broadband users to steer clear of illegally shared files.

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