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Telecommunications watchdog Ofcom has suggested the target for the UK's minimum broadband speed should be raised. 

The current threshold is two Mbps, which the government is attempting to deliver to the ten per cent of UK areas that will not be included in its super-fast broadband rollout. 

However, Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards has suggested eight Mbps may be a better target, V3 reports.

Speaking at a Westminster event on Thursday (October 31st), he stated: "In our Infrastructure Report, what you see very clearly is a big gap between those people with eight Mbps or more and those with less."

He added that Britons with connections slower than eight Mbps tend to use the internet less, so it is worth considering raising the minimum target. 

While it is encouraging that Ofcom is discussing this issue, eight Mbps is well below the 17.6 Mbps the watchdog recently reported as the average UK connection speed.

People who struggle to receive a service faster than two Mbps or eight Mbps, could benefit from switching to Tooway satellite broadband, which can provide speeds of up to 20 Mbps.