Skip to main content
Jump to navigation
Link news

An extension of the current universal service obligation (USO) to entitle every address in the country to broadband access could rely on mobile broadband providers, according to a new report.

The Times has suggested that 3G operators will be offered the incentive of indefinite licenses if they help to provide access for Brits currently unconnected to high-speed broadband internet services.

Communications minister Lord Carter is expected to announce a proposal to extend the USO currently applying to phone lines in his forthcoming Digital Britain report.

"The offer is designed to head off industry concerns over the cost of introducing a universal obligation to provide every home with a 2Mb broadband connection, a key plank of Carter's Digital Britain report," the newspaper explained.

Vodafone, O2, Orange, 3 and T-Mobile paid a combined sum of £22.5 billion for 20-year 3G licenses in 2000.

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest Comments

  • Moses Herve Johnson II 4 days ago Government launches gigabit... Even though i'm no fan of hammond, i'm glad he's investing in our british internet infrastructure.
  • John Denis 5 days ago Consumers advised to update... Hi, Trained as a mechanical engineering apprentice, progress to a project manager for a firm making...
  • Peter John 5 days ago Consumers advised to update... Surprise surprise Denis. We have lost count of all our connected devices some time ago. I was an IT...

Search news