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Ofcom has opened a consultation on the government's plans to set a 10Mbps universal broadband target.

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

Both consumers and industry figures are being encouraged to take part in the consultation.

Views are being sought on issues including the specification and scope of the USO and the level of demand, as well as its cost, proportionality and efficiency.

Another issue under consideration will be whether or not a single Universal Service Provider should be established, or if several should be created to serve specific geographical areas.

Ofcom will also aim to ensure the USO is proportionate in keeping costs down, and that it does not undermine existing initiatives and competition within existing commercial and community networks.

"Responses to this call for inputs will inform recommendations we put to government," Ofcom commented.

Stakeholders and interested parties have until June 23rd to respond to the consultation.

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