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A consultation on plans to introduce a new Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband users has commenced.

The government wants to ensure that every is able to access minimum broadband speeds of 10Mbps by 2020 and make this target legally binding.

Stakeholders and interested parties, such as internet service providers, have until April 18th to respond to the consultation and express their views.

Ed Vaizey, the Digital Economy Minister, commented: "We are maintaining momentum on our commitment to implement the USO in this parliament. 

"This consultation sets out the roadmap that we propose to follow for delivering that commitment. The first step, should we legislate, will be to set out our intention in primary legislation."

Mr Vaizey stressed that the government has a clear digital agenda and that it wants to see world-class digital connectivity at ultrafast speeds.

The Minister added that as strides towards better connectivity are made, a broadband USO will help to make sure that nobody gets left behind and offers a "digital safety net" for everybody.

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