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After rejecting a voluntary offer from BT, the government has revealed that, by 2020, homes and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband.
Delivered by a regulatory Universal Service Obligation (USO), the universal high speed broadband will give everyone in the UK access to speeds of at least 10 Mbps - the speed needed to meet the requirements of an average family.
The approach will also mean that the minimum speed of connection can be increased over time as consumers’ connectivity requirements evolve, and that the scheme will maximise the provision of fixed line connections in the hardest to reach areas.
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: “We know how important broadband is to homes and businesses and we want everyone to benefit from a fast and reliable connection. We are grateful to BT for their proposal but have decided that only a regulatory approach will make high speed broadband a reality for everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live or work. This is all part of our work on ensuring that Britain’s telecoms infrastructure is fit for the future and will continue to deliver the connectivity that consumers need in the digital age.”