The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have called on the next government to adopt new proposals to improve the quality of broadband across the UK.
In its new 12-point plan designed to boost economic growth after the election, the organisation has suggested MPs should give their backing to a new scheme to launch next-generation business broadband by 2040.
Other measures featured in the document include calls for new ways to reduce the budget deficit and freeze the public sector wage bill.
David Frost, Director-General of the BCC, said policies for businesses should be at "the very core of a new administration's thinking" as this is “fundamental to returning our economy to health quickly, and for the long-term".
He added: "We will be judging the performance of the next government against its delivery of a clear plan for business."
Rob Bamforth, principal analyst at Quocirca, recently suggested in a column for IT-Director.com that the value of super-fast broadband is now being recognised by politicians and internet service providers.