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Openreach is hopeful that the government will back its plan to deliver universal high-speed broadband across the UK.

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

According to the government, 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.

However, BT has volunteered to deliver universal high-speed broadband to all areas of the UK, as an alternative to regulation.

Under BT's offer, which would be primarily delivered by Openreach, many premises would receive speeds substantially faster than 10Mbps. As a result, the proposal could render the planned USO unnecessary.

According to Openreach, this would be "faster and more efficient than a statutory USO, because we'd build the network proactively, rather than waiting for individual customers to place orders".

Speaking to the Telegraph, a spokesman said: "We're very keen to get on with the job of getting decent broadband speeds to very hard-to-reach areas.

"We’re engaging closely with communications providers to do the right thing for their customers and the UK and we've consulted with them on one of the technology solutions that could be used. "

The Openreach spokesman added that it is now carefully considering the responses it has received to determine whether or not it is practical.

A government spokesperson said it is currently weighing up whether BT's offer would work better for homes and businesses than a regulatory approach.

The official said that while no decision has been taken, any further steps will be motivated by making sure "we get the best deal for consumers".

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