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BT has questioned whether households should expect their broadband to be fast enough to enable them to watch several videos at once.

The government is currently aiming to give everyone a legal right to fast broadband, with speeds of 10Mbps as the absolute minimum.

However, BT believes much of what the government is asking for goes beyond the service that most people want or expect, the Telegraph reports.

"Must a USO delivered video service always be available in the highest quality even though such quality differences may not be perceived by the human eye or indeed have a marginal impact on the viewing experience?" it asked.

In response to a consultation by Ofcom, BT also argued that social inclusion is unlikely to require multiple simultaneous uses.

"Even if it did, the typical UK household is approximately two people and less than 20 per cent of UK households have four or more people," the company said.

A BT spokesman subsequently stressed that is not suggesting that households should not be able to access multiple video streams at once.

"What we have said is that a future USO needs to consider this requirement in the light of technical advances that reduce the bandwidth needed to watch such videos," he commented.

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