Rural lobbying group supports making broadband a legal right

A rural lobbying group has officially backed the government’s plans to make broadband a legal right via a Universal Service Obligation. 

 

A rural lobbying group has officially backed the government’s plans to make broadband a legal right via a Universal Service Obligation. 

The Country, Land and Business Association (CLA) has said that the move is one that it has lobbied for continuously, as many rural areas still suffer from a lack of stable broadband connections. 

It argues that, without fast broadband, many rural communities would go through economic problems as well as social deprivation. 

If the plans go through, then every British citizen will be entitled to at least 10Mbps in broadband speeds, regardless of where they live.

Rural communities such as Staffordshire have long since lobbied for better broadband speeds, with many campaign groups forming in recent years.

CLA Midlands Director, Caroline Bedell, claimed that broadband was no longer a luxury, meaning a new Universal Service Obligation was a positive step. 

“The introduction of a Universal Service Obligation recognises that fast broadband is no longer a luxury, but an essential service necessary for people to take part in modern business and play a full role in society.”

“The acknowledgement that previous target download speeds of 2Mbps are woefully inadequate as demands are being driven by the need to transfer more data, more quickly.”

The government is due to debate the proposed plans in early 2016.

Meanwhile, its rollout of broadband across the UK continues, with the coverage target of 95% due to be reached at some point next year.

Source: Staffordshire Newsletter

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