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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Chancellor George Osborne to announce a boost for UK broadband in his Budget speech this week.

The lobby group wants to see the government commit to a minimum 'service level floor' of 10Mb broadband to all UK premises by 2018-19.

This universal speed requirement would then rise to 100Mb by 2030, ensuring all UK homes and businesses are able to access ultra-fast connectivity.

The FSB said the Budget should aim to continue the work to rebalance the economy and stimulate growth outside London and the south-east by creating faster, more modern digital infrastructure.

It claimed that access to broadband services is now the 'fourth utility' and the government's ambition for future broadband should match this reality.

John Allan, National Chairman for the FSB, said that in many parts of the UK, the foundations for economic growth are in place.

"What we now need is to allow the reforms that have been made to bed in, and finish the roll-out of those recommendations and reforms still needing to be put into action," he stated.

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