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An expert has claimed that the government's universal broadband plans are "too little too late".'s Editor-in-Chief Mark Jackson has stated that a number of people agree that nationwide web services offering speeds of 2Mb are not adequate to meet many people's needs.

He added: "The Digital Britain report gave precious little attention to other critical considerations such as affordability, usage flexibility, upload performance and latency."

However, Mr Jackson added that the government would have to support the private sector's efforts to introduce next-generation networks across the UK.

A lack of public funding would probably lead to major investment in big towns and cities and leave rural areas relatively ignored, he claimed.

Broadband provider BT recently confirmed plans to more than double the availability of its fibre-optic services, which offer speeds of up to 100Mb, across the UK.

The network also has the capacity to offer speeds of up to 1Gb when commercial demand emerges.

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