The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, of the British Prime Minister’s Office has announced that the government is putting fast internet broadband access on the same footing with water and electricity among other basic services, giving homes and businesses the boost they need to succeed this year and beyond.
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Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday revealed that his government will make it possible for every home and family and business to have fast broadband as a basic right and a necessity of life, a drive that would establish Britain as the most digitized major economy in Europe.
To this extent, the government will make it possible for everyone to request for broadband connection under a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), giving people up to 10 Mbps speeds regardless of their residence in the country.
“Access to the Internet shouldn’t be a luxury; it should be a right – absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain,” Prime Minister David Cameron said. “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.”
Ofcom disclosed that 10 Mbps is the basic speed needed by businesses and online entrepreneurs to meet the demands of internet business in today’s world. This will be essential to stream live TV and other digital services that require fast broadband speeds. Over time, the 10 Mbps might be upgraded as technology and demand evolve.
“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,” Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said.
“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 program is on track to extend that to 95% by the end of 2017,” he added.
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For businesses and homes that want to learn more about going superfast, please visit https://www.gov.uk/gosuperfast