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MEPs have backed the European Commission's proposal to provide high-speed broadband for all EU citizens by the end of the decade.

European representatives debated the Commission's draft Radio Spectrum Policy Programme – part of the EU's Digital Agenda for Europe – in parliament on Monday (May 9th), reports the BBC.

Swedish MEP Gunnar Hökmark opened the discussion, claiming that extending broadband access across member states would boost the EU's single market.

He said delivering universal high-speed broadband access by 2020 would help bolster the joint economy.

The European Commission proposes feeing up radio spectrum – previously used for analogue television – to be used for wider mobile broadband coverage.

Digital Economy Commissioner Neelie Kroes explained that the 800Mhz has the potential to deliver mobile broadband over extended distances.

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