4/24/2009 4:56:00 PM
Universal broadband outlined in Budget
Plans for universal broadband across the UK, as outlined by Lord Stephen Carter in his Digital Britain report, will be paid for by the £250m left over from the ‘digital switch’, chancellor Alistair Darling has announced.
Darling made the comments when he unveiled the Budget last week (22 April).
The chancellor said in his Budget speech that extending broadband was ‘vital to ensure the entire country and economy benefits from the digital age’.
He also supported proposals made in January by communications minister Carter, for a ‘Universal service obligation for broadband’ – where every household in the UK will be provided with a minimum of 2Mbps broadband before 2012.
A £100m project to trial next generation broadband to 1.2m people in south Yorkshire, called ‘Digital Region’ was also announced last week.
Some groups argued that the plans fell short of what the market was expecting, and were nowhere near BT’s commitment to super-fast broadband.