[compare & save] Britons are currently enjoying some of the lowest broadband prices in the world, according to a new report released today.
Communications regulator Ofcom revealed that the UK offers the cheapest single-service broadband compared to providers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the US.
The pricing analysis also suggested that a typical 'family' basket of fixed-line phone, mobile phone, broadband and subscription TV costs £102 per month in the UK, which is 28% lower than its nearest rival, Italy.
Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards commented: "The report shows that UK consumers have benefited from competition in the form of lower prices.
"Innovation means that the UK is well placed in the take-up and availability of digital services."
In addition, the report noted that the lowest-priced broadband offerings in the UK had become 14% cheaper in July 2009 when compared with 12 months earlier.
Ofcom also revealed that, over the five years to 2008, the UK witnessed the second-largest growth in broadband lines (23 connections per 100 people) among the 12 countries included in the pricing analysis.
Last week, chancellor Alistair Darling included a 50p-per-month broadband tax in his Pre-Budget Report.
Britons receiving competitive broadband prices