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The main drivers of broadband change post-2015 may come from the European Union and Ofcom, rather than the next government, it has been suggested.

According to the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the main political parties have adopted similar policies on digital connectivity, should they form the next general election.

It said that while the result is still up for grabs, the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats have all pledged to continue and expand the current BDUK programme, in order to drive super-fast broadband to near universal levels.

"All in all it seems that the general direction is to push for steady improvements in connectivity and building on the current policy position - both fixed and mobile - rather than a radical departure," the group noted.

However, intervention from Brussels or the communications regulator could force the next government to alter its stance and policies for the rollout of super-fast broadband.

BSG explained that the European Commission is set to announce its strategy to deliver a Digital Single Market, which is likely to include a review of the framework for electronic communications and potential policy changes in the areas of spectrum and competition.

"Ofcom's recently-announced major review of UK’s digital communications - which will focus on issues related to incentives for efficient private sector investments and competition - could also lead to significant remedies," the group added.

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