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The House of Lords is to launch an inquiry into the government's super-fast broadband strategy, it has been revealed.

Conservative peer Lord Inglewood is to chair a Select Committee probe into the coalition's approach to improving access to digital services in the UK.

Following the general election in 2010, the government outlined plans to have the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015.

And in light of growing demand for internet bandwidth, the committee wants to learn more about the thinking behind this plan, and the progress being made on achieving such a goal.

Under the current strategy, 90 per cent of the UK population should have access to a 25Mb broadband connection by 2015, and all communities should be able to download at 2Mb or greater.

The House of Lords is asking for comment from broadband stakeholders on a number of different issues relating to the rollout of super-fast broadband.

For instance, the committee is asking interested parties to judge whether the coalition's £530 million investment is being effectively applied to develop maximum social and economic benefit.

The peers want to establish whether broadband speeds are the best way of measuring digital progress, and what is being done to ensure rural areas are not left further behind.

Lord Inglewood, Chairman of the Communications Committee, commented that super-fast broadband is "clearly an important development" across Britain.

"[This is] not just for economic growth but also because it will impact on how people do things such as view media content, shop and even access healthcare," he noted.

"We want to look into the government's proposals to find out if its targets are likely to be met and whether it is being ambitious enough in its plans."

Issues such as investment, Britain's market in fibre optic products and whether the advances in broadband provision will require regulatory changes are all things that need to be looked at to ensure the strategy works, Lord Inglewood added.

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