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The government has confirmed it is bringing forward measures to give every UK household a legal right to a fast broadband connection.

In today's Queen's Speech, the government confirmed legislation will be introduced to establish the UK as a "world leader in the digital economy".

The Digital Economy Bill states that a minimum broadband speed of 10Mbps will be guaranteed through a Broadband Universal Service Obligation.

However, it points out that properties in the most remote areas may have to contribute to the cost of installation.

The bill also states that consumers should be given the right to automatic compensation when their broadband service goes down.

Furthermore, telecommunications providers will be required to get consent from customers before sending promotional spam emails and face fines for transgressing this rule.

The proposed legislation has received a cautious response. For instance, Antony Walker of techUK stated that while the government's target is achievable, it must be careful not to "put the cart before the horse", ITPortal reports.

"We need to focus first on how we can drive down costs, by removing barriers and enabling companies to plan efficiently," he commented.

"If we can drive down costs, then the funding discussion becomes far easier and the whole process should move faster. If we are smart then the number of connections that need to be funded through a Universal Service Obligation may be very small - maybe under one per cent of all premises."

Paul Evans, Chief Executive of broadband provider Boosty, added that while the Queen's Speech aims to provide the UK with the foundations for a better, nationwide broadband infrastructure, large portions of the population are still going without reliable, superfast broadband.

This, he said, includes areas that are critical to Britain's industrial economy, such as northern England and Scotland.

Mr Evans added that the Universal Service Obligation will need to be "stringently enforced" if it is to effectively hold providers who fall short to account.

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