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The European Union (EU) may be facing a constitutional crisis of its own making, but at least the take-up of broadband among member states is growing fast.

The Commission has revealed there are now 40 million broadband lines in the EU - up 70 per cent on last year - with an extra 45,000 lines being added each day.

The fastest-growing broadband nation is The Netherlands, which yesterday told Europe to stuff its constitution where the stars don't shine.

Other fast-growing broadband nations include France - which rejected the constitution at the weekend - and the UK, which is looking increasingly unlikely to be given a chance to voice its opinion on the matter.

Said Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding: "These broadband figures are very impressive and extremely encouraging for the future. Broadband is central to Europe's competitiveness and prosperity.

"Growth in broadband supply and take-up leading to lower prices, greater choice and more innovative offerings for business and consumers. We need to keep up this momentum." ®

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