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The minister responsible for the future of high-speed broadband services in Britain plans to step down from government.

Communications Minister Lord Stephen Carter is to quit the cabinet following the publication of his highly anticipated Digital Britain report, due to be released on June 16th, it has emerged.

Reports suggest that the latest minister to jump the Labour ship plans to rejoin the private sector, possibly as head of ITV.

However, the implementation of his media and telecoms review, which could have a significant impact on the future of the broadband internet market, has been thrown into doubt.

According to the Daily Telegraph, if no one is appointed to the position in Lord Carter's absence, then it could fall to Business Secretary Lord Mandelson to act upon the Digital Britain blueprints.

The government unveiled an interim report in January 2009, which contained proposals to extend 2Mb broadband coverage to the whole of the UK by 2012.

As well as securing universal broadband access across the country, Digital Britain could also provide ISPs with permission to offer premium-rate services to file sharers, vnunet.com has suggested.

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