Broadband ‘USO’ consultation

If you currently have a broadband connection delivering less than 10Mbps to your home, you may be interested in the government’s proposed Universal Service Obligation (USO). 

If so, there’s an online consultation exercise open until October 9th, that you can contribute to. Details below:

The Digital Economy Act 2017, which received Royal Assent in April, enabled the creation of a new Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), giving every household and business the right to request a broadband connection at a minimum speed of at least 10Mbps, up to a reasonable cost threshold – no matter where they live or work. Following this, a consultation was published on 30 July 2017 on the specific design of the USO which would be set in secondary legislation.
The consultation covers a number of interrelated design issues – the minimum specification, the technologies and providers that can deliver this, affordability, how it is funded, and minimising market distortion. It also considers the review of the USO to ensure that it remains relevant over time.  The consultation, which is available at will run for 10 weeks until 9 October.
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