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The digital revolution is transforming modern lifestyles and broadband connections can now be considered as essential as utilities, Gordon Brown has claimed.

Writing in the Times, the Prime Minister claimed that most of the public sees broadband packages as an "essential service", much in the same way as they do electricity, gas and water.

He suggested that investment in next-generation broadband infrastructure will underpin the digital revolution, just as roads and railways laid the groundwork for industrialisation in the 19th century.

Mr Brown's comments came ahead of the publication of the government's Digital Britain report, which aims to review the UK's media and communications industries in light of the growing importance of the digital economy.

He said: "I am determined that Britain's digital infrastructure will be world class.

"We must continue to invest to become a world leader in the new high-tech, low-carbon industries of the future by reigniting the British genius for invention, discovery and trade - to capitalise on our strengths."

Last week, it emerged that Communications Minister and author of the Digital Britain report Lord Stephen Carter is to rejoin the private sector following its publication.

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