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Businesses have called upon the government do more to improve the UK's infrastructure - including digital networks.

In a poll conducted by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and KPMG, 65 per cent of business leaders surveyed said they expect government infrastructure policies to have "no tangible impact", or even a negative effect.

The CBI/KPMG report, entitled 'Connect More', raised concerns that Con-Lib coalition plans for infrastructure upgrades will fail to translate into delivery on the ground.

And with a number of high-cost projects on the agenda - such as HS2 - firms expect the situation to get worse over the next five years.

Where broadband is concerned, the government has allocated an initial £530 million to part-fund the rollout of super-fast broadband in rural parts of the UK.

However, the network upgrade has been beset with delays, partly due to European Union concerns over the use of state aid funding, and issues with the tender process.

With 85 per cent of companies surveyed by CBI/KPMG saying fixed-line connectivity is "critical to their success", businesses are eager to see the government deliver on its plans.

The coalition has promised to equip every UK community with at least 2Mb broadband speeds by 2015, and 98 per cent super-fast broadband coverage by 2017.

John Cridland, director-general at the CBI, commented that quality infrastructure is "vital for boosting exports, unlocking business investment across the UK, and supporting our leading firms".

He described it as being "an essential element of a meaningful industrial strategy".

"I know that ministers share my enthusiasm for progress, but government has talked the talk on infrastructure for the last two years with too few signs of action," Mr Cridland stated.

"The faltering speed of delivery on infrastructure creates a worrying sense that politicians lack the political will to tackle some of the major issues head-on."

The CBI director-general said the UK "can't afford any further delay" if it is to avoid falling behind its international rivals.

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