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Prime Minister Gordon Brown is expected to deliver a keynote speech on the role high-speed broadband can play in the UK economy later today.

Mr Brown will speak at the Digital Britain summit which will also see addresses from culture secretary Andy Burnham and business secretary Lord Mandelson.

Four panel discussions will take place to consider the key issues set out by communications minister Stephen Carter in the recent Digital Britain report.

"This summit will bring together some of the leading thinkers in the Digital Economy," he said.

"Their views on how to develop our infrastructure, develop our content and creative industries and keep pace with international competition will be invaluable as we finalise our thinking over the next two months."

The meeting will take place later today at the British Library in London. Other speakers include executives from telecoms firms such as O2 and BT, as well as celebrity technology fan Stephen Fry.

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