PM pledges 10Mb broadband to “all that want it”

The Prime Minister has promised that every home that wants at least 10Mb broadband will receive it in the future.

The Prime Minister has promised that every home that wants at least 10Mb broadband will receive it in the future.

David Cameron has plans to announce a new initiative which will mean that every UK citizen will have a legal right to at least 10Mb broadband speeds.

The new Universal Service Obligation (USO) will be the first step towards the government’s aim to make broadband a basic service in the same light as water and electricity.

The current USO is only 28.8Kbps, which is less than some dial-up speeds can manage. This will be the first upgrade the minimum speed has seen since its inception.

The government is currently undergoing its Broadband Delivery UK project, which aims to bring speeds of at least 2Mbps to the majority of homes by the end of this year.

However, consumer watchdog Ofcom has advised that many homes and businesses need at least 10Mbps in order to function properly.

In a speech announcing the new plans, Mr Cameron said that broadband was equivalent to water and electricity in 2015.

“Just as our forebears effectively brought gas, electricity and water to all, we’re going to bring fast broadband to every home and business that wants it.”

“That’s right: we’re getting Britain – all of Britain – online, and on the way to becoming the most prosperous economy in the whole of Europe.”

Digital minister Ed Vaizey has also stood in support for the new USO, saying that the minimum speed of 5Mbps imposed by the EU wasn’t good enough for Britain.

Ofcom has also been integral in the forming of the news rules, with the firm making steps to make the broadband sector more transparent.

It has announced that it will release an app which will allow anyone to check their Wi-Fi and mobile broadband speeds, meaning that consumers can check if they’re getting everything they’ve paid for.

Source: Cable

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