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BT has expressed concerns about making it a legal right for everyone in the UK to be entitled to request broadband speeds of 10Mbps by 2020.

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed this week that the issue is going to raised in the Queen's Speech, which means the proposed Universal Service Obligation could be enshrined in law.

However, BT believes it should be allowed to meet this objective without a law being put in place.

Speaking to the Telegraph, a spokesman said it is fully behind the government's aim to ensure every premises has access to speeds of at least 10Mbps in the next four years.

"Only five per cent of UK premises receive less than 10Mbps currently and we have suggested an approach that could help those premises without the need for legislation," he commented.

"The government is consulting on this issue and we look forward to hearing how they want to proceed."

By contrast, former Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps believes the government is "absolutely right to lock the legal duty to provide broadband for all into a new law".

He warned that if a voluntary approach is adopted, there is a risk of the government's target being missed.

"Given that so many broadband targets have been missed already, failing to enact this new law could mean the 100 per cent target by 2020 fails to materialise," he commented.

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