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Britain's broadband population can be grown with help from the government, according to one member of the broadband industry.

Manoj Solanki from was speaking in the wake of the recent Digital Britain summit, which discussed the future of broadband in the UK.

Take-up was one of the issues on the agenda, with more subscribers needed to pay for a widespread next-generation rollout.

"Promoting the benefits of a Digital Britain and persuading these users to actually get online will be a big challenge for the government," said Mr Solanki.

He continued: "Gordon Brown explained that there will be a need to provide and promote digital skills. This will play a key role in getting these users online."

Mr Solanki praised BT's fibre-optic broadband package, which will be available to ten million people by the year 2012.

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