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A review looking into how to boost business access to broadband has been announced by the government.

Key areas will include improving the availability of affordable and high-quality fibre broadband to companies across the UK.

Another priority will be assessing what can be done to encourage choice and competition in the market, as this could lead to service standards improving and prices coming down.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid commented: "As a one nation government I want every business, regardless of size or location to benefit from access to the fast, reliable connectivity they need to thrive."

Chief Executive of manufacturers' organisation EEF Terry Scuoler has backed the review, insisting that access to high-quality broadband is "critical" for business.

He said this is a timely development that should lead to a "significant push" by policymakers and internet service providers to improve digital connectivity and affordability.

Mr Scuoler added that this will enable companies in the UK to take advantage of more global opportunities in the future.

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