The government's plans to give every home and business across the country access to broadband speeds of 10Mbps has received strong support in a new poll.
Some 77 per cent of ISPreview.co.uk readers expressed support for the Universal Service Obligation (USO), which aims to give every person a legal right to request a fast broadband connection, no matter [where they live].(https://www.uswitch.com/broadband/news/2015/11/ukgovernmentunveilsplansforuniversalbroadband_coverage/)
The cited speed of 10Mbps is the level which Ofcom believes is necessary to meet the demands of today's typical family and small business.
However, many respondents said they still do not believe this is an acceptable speed. While 24.6 per cent said they think 10Mbps is fast enough, 75.3 per cent said they want even speedier connections.
Interestingly, those polled largely expressed support for the USO even if it led to a slight increase in their broadband prices.
61.6 per cent said they would still back the plan if it pushed up their bills by 50p, while 9.3 said they would be in favour if the increase was less than 50p. Meanwhile, 24 per cent said they would not accept any price hikes, and 4.9 per cent were unsure.
Prime Minister David Cameron announced the USO late last year, insisting that broadband access should be classified as an essential utility comparable to water and electricity.
"Access to the internet shouldn’t be a luxury; it should be a right - absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain," he commented.
"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."