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The government has confirmed its intention to provide the entire of Britain with access to 2Mb broadband services by 2012.

Announcing details of the Digital Britain report today (June 16th), Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw underlined his commitment to providing a universal broadband solution.

The report, which was compiled by Communications Minister Lord Stephen Carter, estimated that some 1.5 million people are unable to experience 2Mb broadband speeds where they live.

Introduced to promote social inclusion in the Digital Revolution, the newly-announced proposals will be funded in part by a £200 million government investment.

On top of that, homeowners and businesses will have £6 a year levied on their fixed telephone lines, with the tax going towards a fund to help support internet suppliers delivering higher-speed broadband to under-served areas.

Lord Carter said: "Digital Britain is a statement of intent and ambition, a commitment to infrastructure and access and an overdue recognition of the industrial importance of the creative industries."

As well as universal access by 2012, the report also outlined plans for upgrades to mobile networks and new regulations to crack down on illegal file-sharing.

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