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The majority of Britons want to see the government make more money available for improving broadband connections throughout the country, according to a new survey by ISPreview.

It found that 80.8 per cent of people believe a higher level of investment is needed to make super-fast broadband widely available.

Broadband is clearly an issue that people view as increasingly important, as in 2011 only 68.8 per cent of respondents said they felt the government needed to do more to boost online access.

When asked if they felt improving internet services in rural areas should be the primary focus in 2013, nearly two thirds of people agreed.

The survey also asked Britons what they thought the nation minimum broadband speed for the UK should be set at.

Just under a third of respondents said they would like to see a minimum speed of 25 Mbps, which would mean the entire country had access to a super-fast connection.  A quarter of the people surveyed claimed the base speed should be as high as 100 Mbps.

This is significantly faster than the UK's current average connection, which according to Ofcom is 12.1 Mbps.

Only 2.8 per cent of respondents agreed with the minimum standard of two Mbps, which the government is trying to implement in the ten per cent of areas that are not scheduled to receive a super-fast connection through the Broadband Delivery UK scheme.

While it is understandable that people would like to see the base broadband speed set at a high level, this is unrealistic due to the high cost that would be involved.

However, the results of this survey do suggest that people in the 'final ten per cent' may be unsatisfied with the broadband service they receive if it can only guarantee minimum speeds of two Mbps.

Indeed, ISPreview suggested this type of connection has become the modern day equivalent of dial-up.

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Posted by Mark Wynn