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A significant number of UK consumers believe the government should invest more taxpayers' money in broadband infrastructure improvements.

In an online poll conducted by ISPreview.co.uk, 68.8 per cent of survey respondents were in favour of greater public investment in the UK internet framework.

Some 89 per cent of interviewees claimed that the government is failing to do enough to improve broadband at the moment.

However, just 25.1 per cent said the Con-Lib coalition is performing worse the previous Labour government on broadband issues.

Prior to the general election, Labour pledged to deliver universal 2Mb broadband by 2012.

However, the coalition government claimed that the required funding was never in place to carry out this plan, and pushed the timescale back to 2015 after assuming power.

A controversial Labour plan to tax every UK landline user 50p per month for broadband infrastructure improvements was also dropped by the coalition.

It has instead chosen to re-allocate funds from the BBC TV licence fee and use digital switchover cash reserves to rollout high-speed broadband in rural areas.

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