A DCMS consultation opened on 23 March and is closing on 18 April regarding a Universal Service Obligation (USO) of no less than 10Mbps broadband speed to every household. The Government has recognised the impact on rural areas of lack of access to information and services. People will have a view on the adequacy of this offering and will be interested in how these plans dovetail with existing Superfast Broadband roll-out.
Access to suitable broadband provision affects quality of life and the value of properties. For a minority of Wreningham householders there remains uncertainty about the future availability of usable broadband. So these, and other residents, will be interested in the extent to which Government plans will realistically and rapidly achieve an accessible service for all.
The consultation questions are:
Q1: Do you have any concerns about the approach that has been set out here?
Q2: We do not propose to specify speed in primary legislation. Should speed be specified in primary or secondary legislation?
Q3: In terms of giving the Secretary of State a power to direct Ofcom to review the USO, should Government have a continuing role in the USO, or should this be a matter for Ofcom?
Please see a document from Norfolk ALC summarising the proposals: Broadband Consultation
DCMS’ “A New Broadband Universal Service Obligation Consultation” document can be found here.
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Write to: Broadband USO Consultation, Digital Economy Unit, Department for Culture, Media & Sport, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ