The government have ruled that all homes and businesses across the UK should be able to achieve speeds of at least 10Mbps.
All British homes and businesses will have the legal right to demand access to high-speed broadband by 2020, the government has announced.
This new ruling comes as part of a brand-new Universal Service Obligation (or USO) which will legally require both small and large ISPs across the UK to supply broadband of at least 10Mbps to whoever requests it.
The government chose to reject an offer from BT in order to implement this USO which would’ve seen the telecommunication company voluntarily start to improve the state of broadband up and down the UK via its Openreach infrastructure.
A recently published report from regulatory board Ofcom revealed that around 1.1 million of UK properties are still unable to receive the broadband speeds required to adequately meet their needs.
It’s particularly a concern in the more rural, isolated areas of the UK where 17% of homes and businesses receive cripplingly slow broadband compared to just 2% of urban areas.
“This decision is welcome news, as consumers around the country simply want to know they will be able to access a broadband service,” said Alex Neil, managing director of home products and services at consumer body Which?
“The Government must now move quickly to ensure consumers get these promised speeds by 2020 and closely monitor the programme to ensure it can keep pace with changing technology.”
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