Plans set out by government will help make sure that every home and business can have access to improved broadband by the end of this Parliament.
Speaking today, Prime Minister David Cameron will talk about the government’s intention to put access to broadband on a similar footing as other basic services like water and electricity, in a move he claims will help cement Britain’s position as the most digitised major economy in Europe.
Universal Service Obligation
Work is now starting on introducing a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) with the ambition to give people the legal right to request a connection to broadband with speeds of 10 Mbps, no matter where they live.
The Prime Minister said: “Fast broadband connectivity is now seen as a key service, essential not only for busy families but also for businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK.
Broadband speed ‘safety net’
“The latest data from Ofcom confirms 10 Mbps is the speed needed to meet the demands of today’s typical family and many small business.
“A USO will provide a ‘safety net’ to make sure that households and businesses can get the broadband speeds needed to do business online, access key services or stream live TV. It can be upgraded over time as technology and demand evolve. The government will be consulting on this in early 2016.”
Cameron asserts that the investment means more than three million homes and businesses across the UK already have access to superfast speeds (24 Mbps or better) for the first time.
He will add: “We are on track to reach 95 per cent by the end of 2017 – a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan to bring more jobs, skills, growth and opportunities to the people of this country.”
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