The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has added its voice to the ongoing broadband funding debate, calling for alternative sources of funding for infrastructure upgrades.
Speaking after the government was forced to drop its 50p-per-month landline levy due to a lack of time before the general election, BCC Director of Policy Dr Adam Marshall said broadband providers, businesses and the government will all need to play their part.
He noted that the majority of firms opposed the government's funding plan, which was designed to generate £175 million for network investment in rural areas.
"British business wants and needs a super-fast broadband infrastructure that brings us into line with our major competitors," he stated.
"The UK must be at the forefront of the digital revolution, rather than continually playing catch-up."
As a result, Dr Marshall said the incoming government must reopen the debate on infrastructure funding, whichever party assumes political control.
The Conservative Party was among the fiercest critics of the 50p broadband tax, vowing to scrap the charge in the event of a Tory election win.