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The government should follow a new set of principles when pushing forward with the introduction of universal broadband across the UK, it has been suggested.

According to the Communications Consumer Panel, MPs need to consider the introduction of eight guidelines which will ensure the rollout meets the needs of all consumers.

The body has suggested that the Universal Service Commitment will allow consumers to carry out online activities they regard as essential, guarantee quality and reliability of service and help people to optimise their connections.

Other principles call for the government to identify parts of the UK that will benefit, as well as those who need to have access to a choice of service providers.

Anna Bradley, Chair of the Communications Consumer Panel, said: "The ultimate test of success for the universal broadband commitment will be whether consumers can carry out essential online activities in a reliable and consistent way."

The body also recently backed new Ofcom regulations which are designed to prevent the mis-selling of home phone and broadband products.

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