Digital minister calls for “gigabit Britain”

The UK’s digital minister has called for more ultrafast broadband connectivity across the country.


The UK’s digital minister has called for more ultrafast broadband connectivity across the country.

Ed Vaizey, Minister of Culture and Digital Economy has said that Britain needs to start looking to a future where ultrafast broadband was the norm.

Fellow Conservative MP Ben Howlett made a statement to the minister in the House of Commons, claiming that his constituency was able to skip superfast broadband and go directly into an ultrafast infrastructure.

Vaizey agreed with the sentiment, adding that the rest of the UK should also adopt this idea.

Despite this, Mr. Vaizey also claimed that the UK needed to set reachable targets for broadband connectivity whilst also achieving the best it can.

The current government previously dropped Labour’s policy of a minimum of 2Mbps in favour of a new 24Mbps policy.

The digital minister said that the UK already had a better broadband network than other European nations such as France, Germany and Spain.

Another issue brought up was the idea of measuring the UK’s broadband quality not just on speed, but on prices as well.

Vaizey said that Britain prided itself on having some of the lowest broadband prices anywhere in the world and that it is “probably the world’s most advanced digital nation.”

The government’s Broadband Delivery UK project is still under development, with a 95% coverage goal predicted to be reached by the end of 2017.

Source: USwitch

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