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Access to high-speed broadband is becoming a necessary part of everyday life, according to a public interest group.

Considering this, the Communications Consumer Panel (CMP) has announced that it is to promote the interests of the 40 per cent of the UK who currently are not connected to the internet.

According to the group, there are also a number of "barriers" to the government's proposal of rolling out 2Mb broadband nationwide as part of its Digital Britain plan.

Chair of the CCP, Anna Bradley, commented: "Broadband will soon be an essential part of people's lives, but being unable to use online services will put many people at a significant disadvantage - broadband will no longer be just 'nice to have'."

She added that considerations for the government's Digital Britain plan included cost, equipment design, web security and "the provision of content that will inspire or encourage people to get online".

Take up of broadband is currently just below 60 per cent in the UK, statistics published by Consumer Focus confirmed earlier this month.

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