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The potential impact that universal broadband access and other advances in technology will have on working life in the UK is to be discussed at a debate hosted by Orange, it has been revealed.

Set to be held on February 7th, the event at the London Transport Museum will consider how technology is set to impact on our lives within the next few years, potentially cutting travel and offering greater flexibility in terms of employment.

Evan Davis, BBC journalist and Dragons' Den presenter, will chair the event, while broadcaster Janet Street-Porter and futurologist James Bellini take up seats on the panel.

Robert Ainger, director of corporate marketing at Orange, said the company's research has shown that "a digitally connected workforce could change the face of Britain as we know it".

He added: "The debate aims to discuss how Britain will change as new technologies shape the places we live and work, and how we get there."

News of the event has come after the government recently launched a fund which will help to provide fibre optic broadband to 90 per cent of the UK by 2017.

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