High-speed broadband will be legal right by 2020

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"We did not feel the proposal was strong enough for us to take the regulatory USO off the table, and have therefore decided not to pursue BT's proposal in favour of providing a legal right to broadband", said DCMS.

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport confirmed that universal high speed broadband - defined as services of 10 megabytes per second or more - would be delivered by a regulatory universal service obligation, essentially a "legal right to broadband", the department explained.

Early next year, the United Kingdom government will set out the legal design for the right to high-speed broadband and, once the legislation is laid out, implementation is expected to take two years, it said.

Under the plan, broadband providers will face a legal requirement to provide high-speed broadband to anyone requesting it, subject to a cost threshold.

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A spokesman for BT said the former state monopoly "respect the government's decision".

She went on to stress that broadband is very important to homes and businesses and said everyone should benefit from a fast and reliable connection.

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Over the summer BT proposed to ensure the UK's internet needs were better served by delivering universal broadband under a "voluntary agreement".

"The vast majority of mobile coverage provides both voice and mobile broadband connectivity, exceeding the [standard telephone services] requirements of the existing USO and largely duplicating fixed line and fixed wireless networks".

"It is about having the right to demand it, so it will be an on-demand programme".

"We congratulate the federal government for finally handing a death sentence to the outdated and anti-competitive USO", said the telco's chief strategy officer, Dan Lloyd.

Hancock admitted the United Kingdom still lagged behind many parts of the world in terms of broadband speeds - in Japan, for example, 97% of connections have full-fibre lines, compared with 3% in the UK. "Our rollout of super-fast has been the fastest among comparable countries.

By opting for formal regulation rather than weaker promises, ministers are guaranteeing consumers will get the minimum speeds they need at a price they can afford". "I'm absolutely determined to see that rolled out".

The communications regulator said 4% of United Kingdom homes and offices, about 1.1m properties, could not access broadband speeds of at least 10Mbps. At present 17% of rural homes receive a sub-standard broadband service.