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Lord Carter should have raised the bar higher for UK broadband when compiling his Digital Britain report.

That is the view of Consumer Focus, an independent watchdog which has claimed that a commitment to bring 2Mb broadband internet access to the whole of the UK would not give the country an edge over competing nations.

The organisation pointed to the average speeds in other western European countries, like 4.8Mb in Germany and 7.4Mb in Sweden.

"We currently have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to use the digital revolution to address issues of social exclusion and disadvantage, and to give the UK economy a powerful competitive edge," Philip Cullum, deputy chief executive at Consumer Focus.

"The Digital Britain Interim report is grounded in the past, focuses on protecting vested interests and old ways of working and living. But it’s not too late for government to put this right and set a positive and innovative digital strategy for the UK."

Consumer Focus believes Brits will have their enjoyment of digital services and products hampered by slow internet speeds if a 2Mb universal service obligation is decided on.

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