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Government pledges to make fast broadband a legal right

Government pledges to make fast broadband a legal right

Government pledges to make fast broadband a legal right

Government pledges to make fast broadband a legal right

 

Fast broadband connectivity is a key service to almost every citizen in the UK, especially to those who will be reading this article. Now the UK government has recognised fast broadband as a key service, essential not only for busy families but also for businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK.

With the latest data from Ofcom saying that 10 Mbps is the speed needed to meet the demands of today’s typical family and many small business, so the government is moving to put access to fast broadband as basic a right as services like water and electricity, a move which is set to strengthen the UK's digital economy.

The UK Prime Minister, David Cameroon, had this to say;

 

       Access to the Internet shouldn’t be a luxury; it should be a right – absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain. That is why I’m announcing a giant leap in my digital mission for Britain. Just as our forebears effectively brought gas, electricity and water to all, we’re going to bring fast broadband to every home and business that wants it. That’s right: we’re getting Britain – all of Britain – online, and on the way to becoming the most prosperous economy in the whole of Europe.

 

  Government pledges to make fast broadband a legal right

 

The government has already made large investments in order to improve the internet infrastructure in the UK, with their direct investment already bringing speed of 24Mbps to over 3 million homes, saying that they are on track to deliver high speed internet coverage to 95% of the UKs population by the end of 2017. 

  

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said:

      The UK’s digital landscape is being transformed – our rollout of superfast broadband is helping millions of people who would otherwise have missed out to get online. Coverage has already reached more than 83 per cent of UK homes and businesses. By next month, 3.5 million more UK homes and businesses will have access to superfast speeds – and the government’s superfast programme is on track to extend that to 95% by the end of 2017.

 

There are also plans in place to deliver more transparency about the internet service that they are getting, with Ofcom later this year releasing a new mobile app so that consumers will be able to check if their home Wi-Fi is working as it should be.

There are also plans to release even more detailed, address-level mobile and broadband speed data next year, which will help people make more informed decisions about things like moving home or starting a business, since to many people fast braodband speed is a priority.

 

You can join the discussion on David Cameroon's pledge to deliver fast broadband as a basic right on the OC3D Forums

 

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09-11-2015, 06:21:29

SuB
Sorry but 10Mbps by 2020 is still far too little, far too late. Considering they've trialled and subsequently quietly dismissed FTTP at over 300Mbps and it was fine.. 10Mbps just isn't gonna cut it by 2020.

They need to add a 0 to that and make it a mandatory thing, and put the same kind of laws on it as things like Electricity and Water.Quote

09-11-2015, 06:29:10

AverageNinja
10 Mbps by 2020? That's still not fast enough imo. A lot of people I know seem to forget that Mbps (Megabit per second) isn't the same as MBps (Megabyte per second). 10 Mbps = 1.25 MBps. I think we can all agree that 1.25MBps is way too slow even by today's standards.Quote

09-11-2015, 06:36:16

SPS
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Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
10 Mbps by 2020? That's still not fast enough imo. A lot of people I know seem to forget that Mbps (Megabit per second) isn't the same as MBps (Megabyte per second). 10 Mbps = 1.25 MBps. I think we can all agree that 1.25MBps is way too slow even by today's standards.
For someone who has been plagued by slow internet over recent years I can tell you that 10Mbps is a godsend compared to 4 or 6. 10 seems like a reasonable minimum IMO as I've never really been bottlenecked by it, i.e. I can still stream and game.Quote

09-11-2015, 06:40:35

WYP
Yes, but this does mean that all those "middle of nowhere" places in the country will have somewhat decent internet.

If the owrst is 10Mbps, the best and average will be much better.Quote

09-11-2015, 06:58:56

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Yes, but this does mean that all those "middle of nowhere" places in the country will have somewhat decent internet.

If the owrst is 10Mbps, the best and average will be much better.
I used to live in a farm house in Dorset and our phone line stretched 3/4 of a mile before meeting the exchange lol. That's what you get for living next to green belt !

The internet was awful. £35 a month for a 100gb cap. Then the phone line on top of that and we would get 3mb if we were lucky.

I'm all for this motion tbh.Quote
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