Government starts consultation on new USO

The government has started work on implementing a new broadband USO. 

 

The government has started work on implementing a new broadband USO. 

This Universal Service Obligation will ensure that all broadband connections must have a minimum speed of 10Mbps by 2020. 

If the plan goes through, all providers and public areas where internet is available will legally be required to provide at least 10Mbps.

Representatives from both the government and internet service providers will meet in order to discuss the plans and have until April 18th in order to come up with an agreement. 

The digital minister, Ed Vaizey, said that the momentum was on the government’s side for implementation. 

“We are maintaining momentum on our commitment to implement the USO in this parliament.”

"This consultation sets out the roadmap that we propose to follow for delivering that commitment. The first step, should we legislate, will be to set out our intention in primary legislation."

Mr Vaizey added that the government has an agenda of what it wants to achieve digitally by 2020, including the UK being a world leader in broadband speeds. 

Although it it does not yet have a date for when it will be implemented, a broadband USO has been been called a “digital safety net” for the UK.

As well as this, the government also aims to bring superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by the end of 2017, something it is currently on track to do. 

Source: USwitch

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