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The government's commitment to giving Britain the fastest broadband in Europe is misguided and should be replaced with a scheme that will ensure almost all poor ADSL connections across the UK will be improved, according to a new report from Policy Exchange.

Entitled The Superfast and the Furious, the study revealed that 64 per cent of Britons think offering good basic broadband for the whole country is more important than chasing very fast speeds in certain areas at the expense of others.

Four in five respondents suggested that every house should have access to the internet, with online access becoming a utility like water or electricity.

Chris Yiu, author of the report, said there is no doubt that broadband has improved in the UK over recent years.

"Any further public money should be spent on making sure we are putting this to good use," he added.

Pershore MP Harriet Baldwin recently suggested that broadband improvement is needed in Worcestershire to ensure that it can compete in the economic race.

Posted by Craig Roberts