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Broadband challenge faces Britain

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The British Stakeholder Group (BSG) report, warns the British Telecom (BT) to encourage telecoms firms to build faster networks. Without these networks the UK could suffer social and economic setbacks.

The BSG report says, In 2001, the UK was 21st among OECD nations ranked by the number of broadband users. Now the UK heads G7 countries for availability of lower speed broadband (up to 8Mbps). It warns that, all the hard work done to reach that position could be for nothing if more work is not done to update the UK's telecoms infrastructure to handle very high-speed broadband. “That progress could come to a shuddering halt,” said Kip Meek, BSG chairman.The report points out that the decisions to bring this about had to be taken in the next 12-24 months to avoid being left behind by other nations which are already confronting the problem. The report also gave strong recommendations to the government for understanding the importance of the broadband and the barriers to investment.

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