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A future Labour Government could implement a Universal Service Obligation for internet access if victorious in next year's general election.

The calls were made in the new independent Digital Government Review, commissioned by Chi Onwurah MP, which says that the USO would apply to both fixed line and mobile operators.

The details are a stark contrast to the Labour Activists report from September, which demanded a national focus on connectivity delivering 100% 1GB broadband access by 2020 and 10GB for business hubs.

Instead, the new paper states that - as a minimum - the next government should demand Ofcom produces a report on a USO for internet access within 90 days of taking office.

Such a report would "consider how a USO could support both fixed and mobile services and whether a USO would usefully describe different obligations for differing sections of the market" - something that is not yet a formal Labour policy, but one which could become a factor in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

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