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The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has praised the government's commitment to delivering universal broadband.

Earlier this week, the government confirmed it has given Ofcom two years to implement the broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO).

This means that by 2020, everyone in the UK will have a legal right to an affordable connection offering speeds of at least 10Mbps.

Responding to the news, the CLA said this is a "watershed moment" in its campaign to end the "digital discrimination" against rural homes and businesses.

Tim Breitmeyer, President of the CLA, commented: "This commitment to universal broadband has been government policy for some time but it is still satisfying to see the enacting legislation laid.

"It means that the principle is now enshrined in law that no home or business should be left behind in the modern economy."

However, Mr Breitmeyer stressed that the CLA would be continuing with its campaign, as policymakers need to ensure the law evolves in line with technological advances.

Indeed, he noted that while a minimum 10Mbps download speed might be "adequate for now", this will change in the "relatively near future".

Mr Breitmeyer went on to state that fixed broadband connections are only "one part of the connectivity challenge". 

For instance, he said much more needs to be done to establish universal access to mobile data coverage, as this is very important for people who both live and work in the countryside.

Mr Breitmeyer added that while the fundamentals of the broadband USO are clear, there are still some technical issues to be resolved over the next two years.

He therefore stressed that the CLA will work with the government, the telecoms industry and Ofcom to ensure it delivers the "step change in consumer accountability" that is promised.

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