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The HS2 Select Committee has called for broadband infrastructure to be upgraded along the route of the planned high-speed rail network.

The first phase of HS2 will connect London and Birmingham and is set to be open in 2026, before extending to Leeds and Manchester by 2033.

However, the project has proved controversial, particularly among those who live in areas that HS2 will cut through.

Offering road and internet infrastructure upgrades in these locations could therefore be a good way to ease opposition to the scheme.

The committee of MPs argued that the government is wrong to believe that the test for providing broadband and mobile access is whether or not the telecommunications sector "can be offered a commercially viable market in such localities".

It stated that if commercial propositions are not "speedily forthcoming", then the government should fund the provision.

"We direct that, one way or another, the provision of a modern railway is to be associated with achieving modern high-speed communication along its route," it added.

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