UK Plans To Make Broadband A Common Household Utility
With the rapidness that our world is advancing today and everything is moving to a digital format, a fast broadband internet connection is becoming pretty much a necessity, however such high speeds are not available in every country and even if they are, they are either very expensive or limited to certain institutions.
For this very reason, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his plans today to make broadband a common thing in every household.
PM Cameron aims to make broadband a legal right of everyone similar to essential household utilities such as water and electricity. The PM seeks to start a Universal Service Obligation that will grant people broadband connections of at least 10Mbps, however the service is expected to launch sometime around 2020.
In a press release about this “digital mission” of his, David Cameron said: “Access to the Internet shouldn’t be a luxury; it should be a right – absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain.” According to him, in order to make Britain the most prosperous economy of Europe, this is a necessary step.
UK’s Office of Communication, responsible for regulating all such traffic including internet and television, confirmed to the government that 10Mbps speed was pretty much the bare minimum for a standard household in Britain which is why the USO is targeting that speed limit initially, however this might improve over time.
Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said that the UK already enjoys 83 per cent superfast broadband (24Mbps or higher speed) coverage. As soon as next month another 3.5 million homes will get superfast broadband enabled. Whittingdale added that the UK was on track to get 95 per cent coverage of superfast broadband by 2017.