Government claims rural broadband won’t be ignored

The government has claimed that rural broadband won’t be left behind, after a document saying otherwise was leaked. 

 

The government has claimed that rural broadband won’t be left behind, after a document saying otherwise was leaked. 

Last month, talks about the new Universal Service Obligation concluded, ensuring that all UK citizens would be entitled to at least 10Mbps of broadband speed. 

However, a document that was used during the talks has been released, in which MPs claim that it would not be economically viable to make superfast broadband available to everyone.

As well as this, it was suggested that, even if broadband was available, there would be some who would not want to be connected.

This has been counteracted by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which claimed that the government was still dedicated to giving superfast broadband to everyone that wants it. 

A spokesperson for the department said that the new USO was the government’s way of ensuring this. 

“Our current plans will reach at least 95 per cent of the UK, but we want everyone to have fast broadband, so we are introducing a Universal Service Obligation to help make sure no-one is left behind."

Despite plans for a minimum broadband speed to be implemented, some have complained that 10Mbps is not enough.

Chairman of Broadband for Rural Devon and Somerset, Graham Long, said that this speed would become outdated and obsolete by 2020. 

“The need for better bandwidth will have grown by then, now that we have cloud computing and other shared applications."

Source: Uswitch

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