Ofcom has revealed that five broadband operators have expressed an interest in helping to deliver on the government's universal service obligation (USO) for home connectivity.
Under the plans, anybody who lives in an area that is poorly-served by broadband will have the legal right to request a connection of at least 10Mbps from 2020.
ISPReview.co.uk reports that five providers responded to an invitation from the regulator in June to express their interest in becoming suppliers as part of the initiative.
These were BT, KCOM, Broadway Partners, Hyperoptic, and Quickline Communications.
While ISPReview.co.uk noted it is unsurprising to see BT and KCOM on the list, as existing USO suppliers, the site added it is pleasing to see smaller alternatives also looking to get involved, even if their current network coverage is comparatively low.
It noted that Hyperoptic in particular may find it challenging to deliver the USO to areas poorly served by broadband, as its current strategy focuses primarily on covering large apartment blocks in urban areas, rather than rural locations.
The USO looks to address the final one to two per cent of properties across the UK that are unlikely to be covered by the government and industry's efforts to deliver 'superfast' (24Mbps minimum) speeds. By 2020, this is expected to cover around 600,000 premises.