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The government has been asked to give more details about how it will meet its latest pledge on broadband access.

In this week's Queen's Speech, the government confirmed it is bringing forward measures to give every UK household a legal right to a fast broadband connection.

The Digital Economy Bill states that a minimum broadband speed of 10Mbps will be guaranteed through a Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), although it points out that properties in the most remote areas may have to contribute to the cost of installation.

The legislation has been designed to improve access to high-speed broadband across the UK and establish the country as a "world leader in the digital economy".

However, the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) has said it wants to see more details about how the government plans to achieve this outcome.

James Blessing, Chair of the ISPA, commented: "We support the principle of universal broadband, but there remain a number of questions surrounding the USO that still need to be addressed, including funding and the impact on the market, so that the benefits of broadband can be felt as widely and effectively as possible."

Mr Blessing also said further information is needed on the measures that have been announced for consumers, such as a new right to automatic compensation when their broadband service goes down.

He stated that this needs to include details of how they will fit in with the existing consumer redress framework.

Nevertheless, Mr Blessing insisted that ISPA is pleased that the digital economy has been placed "front and centre" of the government's upcoming legislative programme.

"The internet industry has invested significantly in making the UK a world leader in digital provision and will continue to do so, and so we support government action to remove barriers to rollout," he added.

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