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Last edited 16 Jan 2021
Broadband universal service obligation (USO)
The broadband USO stipulates that Ofcom has up to 2 years to implement the scheme. This means that by 2020, all UK citizens will have a legal right to a connection of at least 10 Mbps from a designated provider at an affordable rate. This connection could be delivered by a range of fixed line and wireless technologies.
The minimum required connection speed is to kept under review and increased over time. While 95% of the UK has access to superfast broadband already, the USO will provide a ‘digital safety net’ for those in the least accessible locations.
A per premises cost threshold of £3,400 will be applied, which will enable coverage to around 99.8% of premises. Those outside the threshold will be able to get a satellite connection or have the option of covering the excess themselves. Demand aggregation will be encouraged, so that people can combine their per premise cost thresholds.
The government expects the USO to be funded by industry, and Ofcom will be responsible for establishing an industry fund.
The digital minister Margot James said; “In the 21st century, accessing the internet is a necessity not a luxury. We are building a Britain that is fit for the future, and we’re now putting high speed broadband on a similar footing as other essential services like water and phone lines.”
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