closedownarrowlogo-verticalmenu-barsearch Skip to main content
Jump to navigation
fibre optic broadband large

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.

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest Comments

  • Sandy Birch 2 days ago BT Vision customers to get free... There are 2 links offered on the invitation letter to get a new YouView+ upgrade. does...
  • Dilson Von Belper 4 days ago BT Smart Hub review I agree ..but I called BT and had such a fight, many calls back and forward to India and South Shields ,...
  • Melanie Jane Shields-Appleton 5 days ago Ofcom unveils plan to bring... Hi David, I moved a 3 year old house on the 5th April, I was assured by BT I would get fibre but once I...

Search news