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Many Britons want the government's proposed broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) to be more ambitious, a new survey has found.

Ministers have 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 government believes this is the speed that will meet the typical needs of a family that wants to browse the web, stream films and carry out video conferencing at the same time.

According to a survey by, 82.8 per cent of respondents are in favour of the USO proposal.

However, the poll showed that many people want the government to go further, with 77.7 per cent saying they would prefer a minimum speed of at least 30Mbps.

Just 15.3 per cent of respondents opposed a higher USO, while 6.8 per cent were unsure.

The survey also indicated that 57.7 per cent of readers want satellite broadband to be included as a USO technology, while 59.8 per cent feel fixed wireless should also be part of the commitment.

The findings come shortly after BT volunteered to deliver universal high-speed broadband to all areas of the UK, as an alternative to regulation.

Under BT's offer, which would be primarily delivered by Openreach, many premises would receive speeds substantially faster than 10Mbps. As a result, the proposal could render the planned USO unnecessary.

This has prompted concern from the Country Land and Business Association, which said the USO is necessary because it creates an "inalienable right that can be enforced by the premise owner".


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