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The Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA) has welcomed BT's move to increase the download speeds available to fibre broadband customers.

According to the industry body, continued investment from the private sector will boost both UK households and businesses, allowing them to make the most of online services.

A spokesperson for the ISPA said the association welcomes any investment from its members in their broadband networks.

BT recently doubled the speeds available to BT Infinity 2 customers from up to 38Mb to up to 76Mb.

The change, which came into effect on April 12th, will significantly increase the rate of data transfer for BT's fibre broadband customers.

BT is currently in the process of investing £2.5 billion in its UK broadband infrastructure, as the firm aims to deliver super-fast services to two-thirds of the UK by 2014.

The firm hopes to increase its maximum download speeds to up to 300Mb in the near future, stealing a march on its industry rivals.

"[We believe that] super-fast broadband is a tremendous opportunity for young businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises particularly," the ISPA spokesperson stated.

It said it is "important" the benefits of super-fast fibre broadband are fully utilised.

"ISPA believes that continued investment in networks by government and members should take priority over a speeds target by 2015," the spokesperson stated.

"There should instead be a target-based approach, with [greater] emphasis on ensuring consumers and businesses are able to access the services they require."

The government is aiming to deliver a minimum of 2Mb broadband to every UK community by 2015, and has allocated £530 million of public money to help achieve this goal.

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