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Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 24231, tabled on 26 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the universal service obligation for broadband was set at 10mb; and if he will make it his policy to increase the minimum universal service requirements to reflect higher levels set in other European countries.

Answered on

4 February 2016

The Prime Minister's announcement of the Government's intention to implement a new broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) and our ambition to set this at 10Mbps, followed assessments of consumers' broadband needs from a range of sources, including Ofcom's annual infrastructure reports. This new broadband USO will give people the legal right to request an affordable broadband connection, at a minimum speed, up to a reasonable cost threshold, no matter where they live.

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