Broadband speeds across the UK can be inconsistent, particularly in rural areas but the UK government are proposing a Universal Service Obligation that could mean residents have the right to request an internet connection with speaks of at least 10Mbps. Internet providers would have to connect residents of even the most remote villages bringing broadband services inline with other essential utilities like electricity and water.
The plan is also expected to make a big impact for rural businesses who have traditionally not had the same digital and communication opportunities available to their urban counterparts.
Questions have already arisen wether this expansion of the broadband network would be enough to get everyone connected as having broadband as an option is one thing but being able to afford it for many residents is entirely different matter. As well as affordability there are also concerns about the quality and reliability of the service. These are some of the concerns that are expected to be addressed during a consultation for the plan starting in early 2016.
This will follow the plan to ensure broadband access is available to 95% of the UK by the end of 2017.