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The vague government target to have "the best super-fast broadband in Europe" by 2015 is relatively meaningless, one expert has suggested.

Speaking at a Westminster eForum seminar in London, Point Topic Analyst Tim Johnson said this existing goal is "not achievable as stated".

"Worse than that, it’s not relevant to Britain’s needs and should be replaced by more intelligent targets which address Britain’s real broadband weaknesses," he claimed.

Mr Johnson said the UK needs a "massive programme of investment" in providing homes and businesses with good quality internet access, and getting people to use it.

"That way we will get a real return in terms of economic growth, far more than if we are just chasing after speed records," he stated.

The government has committed around £880 million to the development of next-generation networks in the UK - £530 million to the Rural Broadband Fund, £150 million to the Urban Broadband Fund and a further £300 million from the TV licence post-2015.

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