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The British government has been urged to move away from a policy of 'faster is better' and instead concentrate on ensuring everybody in the country is able to benefit from basic, reliable broadband internet.
At present, the government is working towards a target of rolling out superfast broadband connections across 90 per cent of the country by 2015.
However, according to the think tank Policy Exchange, public money would be better spent ensuring that every single Briton is able to get online, even if they aren't able to enjoy superfast speeds.
Indeed, in its newly-published report, the organisation notes that there is currently little public appetite for ever-faster internet speeds, with the current "broadband arms race" being waged by numerous providers largely a waste of money.
Commenting, the report's author Chris Yiu, argued that taxpayers' money should no longer be used to ensure even-faster broadband connections for certain parts of the country, often at the expense of other areas.
This comes as homes and businesses in Rutland enjoy the rolling out of faster broadband internet connections, with the local Stamford Mercury newspaper reporting that the infrastructure improvements should be completed within the next few weeks.