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Broadband services in the UK could be among the best in Europe if regulatory frameworks are changed, the Culture Secretary has suggested.

Jeremy Hunt has told the annual reception of the all-party parliamentary media group that internet services on these shores could rival many over countries within around five years' time.

According to Media Week, he added that government ministers have a duty to ensure that super-fast broadband access can be a reality to as many people as possible in the coming years.

"We have a responsibility to create a regulatory framework that's in tune with the digital age, which allows industries to develop new business models that are going to work," he explained.

Earlier this year, Mr Hunt stated in a speech to London's Hospital Club that it was a "scandal" that around three million households in the UK cannot access broadband speeds of up to 2Mb.

He added that businesses had told him broadband is key to their competitive success.

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