New broadband investment fund proposed in Budget

George Osborne has brought up a new investment in broadband as part of the latest Budget. 


George Osborne has brought up a new investment in broadband as part of the latest Budget. 

This new Broadband Investment Fund will be part of a bid to help alternative broadband providers to grow and access greater resources.

Private sector investments are also expected to help with the fund, with the National Infrastructure Commission granting £14.5 million to extend coverage in the south west. 

As as standard broadband, mobile broadband was also mentioned in the Budget. 

The government has claimed that it is dedicated to bringing 5G to the majority of the UK and insists that the UK can become a world leader in the technology. 

Part of the way this will be achieved is building new, taller masts, which could lead to “greater freedom and flexibilities” in the UK’s mobile infrastructure. 

The government has also noted the changes in broadband advertising, thanks to recent action by Ofcom. 

The Budget claims that the government expects “quick action” from Ofcom and and Advertising Standards Agency, who recently investigated the way broadband was advertised by providers. 
Both firms found that many broadband adverts were misleading or confusing for potential customers.

The ASA will give its final verdict on what should be done by May 30th, which could potentially change the way in which broadband is advertised. 

Source: Cable

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