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The government has been urged to make its plans to improve access to broadband much more specific.

Policymakers want to implement a new broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) that ensures everyone in Britain is able to access minimum speeds of 10Mbps by 2020.

While this has been welcomed by the Voice of the Listener & Viewer Limited (VLV), the group believes the wording in the consultation document is too vague in some areas.

For instance, it said phrases such as "affordable" and "reasonable cost threshold" are not specific enough.

As a result, VLV is concerned the USO might result in "few, if any, guarantees for citizens", even though the idea behind it is "admirable".

The organisation also expressed concern with the proposal that "this right should be limited to being able to 'request' a service".

"This places no obligation on a service provider to actually provide the service and therefore somewhat undermines the credibility of the approach as laid out in the consultation document," it stated.

VLV has called for primary legislation to clarify the government's powers to implement a broadband USO.

The organisation added that despite public funding being put towards improving broadband connectivity, there are still "pockets of the country where decent connectivity is an aspiration rather than a reality".

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