A good news for the people of UK as the government has announced that by the year 2020, every citizen of the country will get a minimum internet speed of 10 Mbps. Earlier, the government took action against the false advertising of the ISPs which used the term “up to” to grab the attention of customers. Now as a step forward, this decision has been taken to facilitate the citizens and it’s for all those living in any part of the UK.
When the government has clarified that it doesn’t matter which part of the UK we are talking about, minimum 10 Mbps is the limit, so the government would have to work hard to pacify the disparity of broadband speeds between rural and city areas. In this regard, the Universal Service Obligation (USO) which was integrated into the Digital Economy Act earlier this year, will be brought into action.
For this, the government would definitely have to make the infrastructure better and for that, BT has offered volunteer services. Even these improvements would cost up to £600 million to the company but in return, around 1.4 million residents of rural areas will get access of at least 10 Mbps. Even such amazing offer was turned down in favor of the regulatory route, aiming to provide “sufficient certainty and the legal enforceability that is required to ensure high-speed broadband access for the whole of the UK by 2020.” These thoughts were expressed by Karen Bradley, the Culture Secretary. He further added:
We know how important broadband is to homes and businesses and we want everyone to benefit from a fast and reliable connection. We are grateful to BT for their proposal but have decided that only a regulatory approach will make high-speed broadband a reality for everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live or work.
10 Mbps is The Least Figure
Just to remind you, 10 Mbps is the least figure that the ISPs would be providing. The “superfast broadband” of the UK has already provided the citizens with connections of approximately 24 Mbps across 95 percent of UK homes and businesses. So the problem is only for those living in the rural areas and by the year 2020, the estimated figure of the beneficiaries will reach 98 percent. Here’s what BT thinks of the situation:
BT and Openreach want to get on with the job of making decent broadband available to everyone in the UK, so we’ll continue to explore the commercial options for bringing faster speeds to those parts of the country which are hardest to reach.