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Business broadband is extremely important for the future of the UK's economy.

That is according to Lisa Harker, Co-Director at the Institute for Public Policy Research, who has asserted that high-speed internet connections are "crucial" for the country's commercial and social development.

Speaking to the Guardian, Ms Harker said that while other issues such as education may be at the forefront of most people's minds, broadband is just as vital.

"Access to super-fast broadband is critical to the future of our economy and social inclusion but could be an early casualty of a dash to satisfy the grassroots of the [Labour] party," she commented.

Ms Harker pointed out that the task set out by Lord Carter's Digital Britain plan is going to be a difficult one to achieve.

Currently, she noted, one in ten homes still can't get access to 2Mb broadband.

Commenting on the statistics, Hasan Bakhshi, Research Director at National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, said: "Even if it was free there wouldn't be universal usage. Just under half of internet households say they simply don't need broadband."

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