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CityFibre has hailed a new report calling on the government to step up investment in the UK's broadband infrastructure.

Earlier this week, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) warned Britain will lose out if the country's broadband connections are not improved.

Chairman of the body Lord Adonis said the UK lags behind the USA, Japan and the Netherlands for 4G and broadband speeds.

As a result, he is concerned that the current state of the country's digital infrastructure could hold it back in the future and called for action to be taken straight away.

Responding to the report, CityFibre said it agrees that now is the right time to implement policies and regulations that can "dramatically transform" connectivity across the UK.

Mark Collins, Director of Strategy and Public Affairs at CityFibre, commented: "This is more important now than ever given the fact digital connectivity underpins all aspects of modern life, from households and businesses to education and other forms of community infrastructure such as traffic management, community safety and smart utilities."

Mr Collins also praised the NIC for recognising the contribution that a full-fibre digital infrastructure can make towards protecting the UK's future competitiveness.

He said the body was "rightly critical of the current status quo, which sees outdated and misjudged policies and regulations stifling fair competition and investment".

Ministers have already promised to implement a new broadband Universal Service Obligation that ensures everyone in Britain has a legal right to request minimum speeds of 10Mbps by 2020.

The government believes this is the speed that will meet the typical needs of a family that wants to browse the web, stream films and carry out video conferencing at the same time.

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