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Everyone in UK will have fast broadband by 2020, vows PM

By Gavin Cordon

Every home and business in the UK will have access to a fast broadband connection by the end of the decade, David Cameron has announced.

The Government is to introduce a universal service obligation for broadband, giving the public a legal right to request an "affordable" connection, putting it on a similar footing to other basic services such as water and electricity.

Officials said the aim was to ensure consumers had access to a connection with a speed of at least 10 Megabits, no matter where in the country they live.

"Access to the internet shouldn't be a luxury, it should be a right - absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain," said Mr Cameron, who is expected to set out further details next week. "That is why I'm announcing a giant leap in my digital mission for Britain."

Officials said that more than 83% of homes and businesses currently have access to a super-fast broadband connection, with that number set to rise to 95% by 2017.

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