The government's ambition of ensuring universal access to minimum broadband speeds of 10Mbps by 2020 could be well below what people expect.
Last year, Prime Minister David Cameron announced the government's intention to implement a new broadband universal service obligation, and put broadband on a more equal footing with essential services such as electricity and water.
However, a new survey by ISPreview.co.uk has revealed that in five years' time, 29 per cent feel they are likely to need a 1000Mbps connection.
Research also showed that in order to get the most out of the internet today, 33.5 per cent feel they require a 100Mbps connection.
Interestingly, the survey found that many respondents would be willing to pay a premium in order to get a faster connection, even if they already had a stable 50Mbps service.
Some 49.2 per cent said they would pay extra to get 300Mbps, while 39.6 per cent said they would not and 11 per cent were undecided.