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The government needs to raise the bar when it comes to setting the minimum broadband speed for UK residents, it has been claimed.

In an interview with, Karel Helsen, president of the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council Europe, suggested that a 2Mb broadband internet connection speed is insufficient to facilitate the demand of consumers.

Last week, the government committed to providing a minimum broadband connection speed of 2Mb for all UK homes by 2012, yet Ms Helsen believes this could leave many people frustrated.

"Any Web 2.0 service needs fast upload and download speeds and it also enhances the quality of life for people because it supports things like more e-learning and remote healthcare assistance," she told the website.

Instead, she believes the government should be doing more to help ISPs such as BT provide FTTH connectivity as this would allow UK consumers to enjoy 10-100Mb broadband speeds.

Ms Helsen also notes that faster broadband speed will allow Britain to achieve greater economic growth, pointing to the effects of the technology in the US, Australia and The Netherlands as evidence.

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