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The UK's broadband revolution is now an unstoppable force, one commentator has claimed.

Writing for the Daily Mail, journalist and author Michael Hanlon suggested that arguments over broadband speeds and coverage will quickly be forgotten.

In his Science blog, he explained that previous technology revolutions - including those of electricity, the motor car and TV - have taken time to become fully universal.

As such, there is always a period of time where the more privileged - in the case of broadband, those living in urban centres - have greater access to the latest solutions.

"The internet was created in the early 1970s but only became of global importance in the 1990s, with the invention of the web and associated infrastructure improvements," Mr Hanlon stated.

"The first true domestic broadband services in this country were available in the very late 1990s and it wasn’t until the middle of the last decade that ADSL links overtook the old, dreaded dial-up modems as the default way Britons go online."

He claimed that a second revolution - that of mobile internet access - is now taking over.

Mr Hanlon said that with any new technology, "the details will sort themselves out soon enough" if there is sufficient demand .

"In 20 years the very word 'broadband' will seem as anachronistic as the phrase 'new penny' or 'colour television'," he predicted.

"Whether the Lords are right or not, the pace of change will cause these arguments to be lost in time."

The European Commission is aiming for all EU citizens to have access to at least 30Mb broadband by the end of the decade.

In addition, the body wants at least half the bloc's population to be able to download at a rate of 100Mb by 2020.

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