A broadband internet charity has issued a warning to Whitehall that its networking infrastructure policies should not exclude young people.
The organisation claimed that cost and availability issues affecting broadband could also impact on the number of young people that regularly use the internet.
Recent research by Catch22 showed that as many as one in five young people have no internet access at all and for a large number the cost of broadband packages was an issue.
The charity's chief executive Joyce Moseley told ISPreview : "While infrastructure development is important, it's a bit like building roads when very few people have cars."
She added that many young people do not even have access to computers, preventing them from accessing information via broadband.
Earlier this month, the EU promised to develop widespread 30Mb broadband internet by 2020.