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Broadband is rising up the agenda for property buyers, with many claiming in a new poll that they would not buy a home which only had access to connection speeds of 1Mb.

The study by ISPreview.co.uk found that 75.1 per cent of Brits would not purchase their ideal home if it meant they only had access to such limited services, with around 80 per cent claiming they would rather have speeds of 4Mb or over.

It was also revealed that over half of those polled would consider paying more for a home to secure faster broadband access.

People are also more likely to think about using fixed Wi-Fi services as an alternative to fixed line broadband, rather than mobile or satellite technology.

As well as highlighting the importance of broadband for property buyers, the study's findings could add further pressure on the government over its Digital Britain plans.

Proposals to introduce speeds of 2Mb nationwide by 2012 are unlikely to meet the needs of those seeking alternatives of 4Mb or over.

The Federation of Small Businesses recently criticised the universal broadband plans, claiming they were unambitious.

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