David Cameron announces 'legal right' to broadband

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7th November 2015

People will be given a right to demand a broadband connection in the same way they can demand access to water and electricity, David Cameron has said. 

The Government plans to introduce a ‘universal service obligation’ (USO) for broadband, which will give people the legal right to ask for an “affordable connection” with a speed of more than 10 megabits per second.

“Access to the internet shouldn’t be a luxury; it should be a right – absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain,” the Prime Minister said.

“That is why I’m announcing a giant leap in my digital mission for Britain. Just as our forebears effectively brought gas, electricity and water to all, we’re going to bring fast broadband to every home and business that wants it.

“That’s right: we’re getting Britain – all of Britain – online, and on the way to becoming the most prosperous economy in the whole of Europe.”

The announcement will come on Monday, when Mr Cameron will argue that USO will make sure that “no one is left behind” from the digital economy.

The Government says its investment has led to three million homes and businesses gaining access to superfast broadband, with that figure set to rise to five million by 2017.

No 10 plans to put out the proposal for consultation early next year.