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The Conservatives have pledged to proceed with implementing their broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) if they win the general election.

Prior to the dissolution of parliament, ministers had promised to implement a new broadband USO that ensures everyone in Britain has a legal right to request minimum speeds of 10Mbps by 2020.

The Digital Economy Act, which contained this commitment, received Royal Assent last month.

In its election manifesto, the Conservatives restressed its USO, saying it "will ensure that by 2020, every home and every business in Britain has access to high-speed broadband". 

The Conservatives have also pledged to ensure that by the end of 2017, 19 out of 20 premises will have access to superfast broadband.

In addition, it said it would work to provide gigaspeed connectivity to as many homes and businesses as possible.

"We will ensure that consumers and businesses have access to the digital infrastructure they need to succeed," the manifesto reads.

The Conservatives have also promised to introduce a full-fibre connection voucher for companies across the UK by 2018.

This would mean that by 2022, the country will have "major fibre spines" in more than 100 towns and cities, with ten million premises connected to full-fibre technology and "a clear path to national coverage over the next decade".

The Conservatives added that they are similarly ambitious with regards to mobile coverage, which it wants to extend to 95 per cent geographic coverage of the UK by 2022.

All major roads and main line trains would receive a "full and uninterrupted mobile phone signal" by the same point, alongside "guaranteed Wi-Fi internet service on all such trains".

"We will continue to release more spectrum from public sector use to allow greater private sector access and begin the rollout of a new 5G network, providing gigaspeed connection to your smartphone," the manifesto continued.

"We plan to have the majority of the population covered by a 5G signal by 2027."

The Conservatives added that if they win the election, they will aim to make broadband switching easier and pricing more transparent.

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