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The government should not be relied upon to provide universal 2Mb broadband to the whole of the UK, according to one internet service provider (ISP).

According to Hull-based KC, there is a sound business case for private sector ISPs investing in the UK's internet infrastructure.

Sean Royce, Commercial and Finance Director at the regional telecoms giant, explained that KC is already on course to ensure full access to 2Mb broadband within its East Yorkshire network area.

While the government has shifted its timescale for network upgrade work back to 2015, KC is aiming to provide 2Mb broadband in the rural areas it serves by March 2011, he said.

Mr Royce added: "We also believe broadband providers will need to go much further than 2Mb if we are to transform UK plc and make applications like tele-health and high definition on-demand TV a reality."

Last week, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt suggested that the previous Labour administration had made promises on high-speed broadband which could not be kept, given the state of the national finances.

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