The UK has seen impressive developments in fibre optic cables being brought to homes improving broadband speeds. One issue that has been a constant thorn has been rural and remote areas and getting a good broadband speed.
There are about 1.4 million houses in the UK that get less than 10 mbps according to Ofcom.
The Government has previously proposed a universal service obligation (USO) designed for homes to get faster broadband to a minimum of 10 mbps which meets a typical family’s needs. MP’s have ‘’warmly welcomed BT’s offer’’ and will now look at whether BT’s offer or the governments regulatory approach works better for homes and businesses.
Whichever way the decision goes, there will be costs and some consider 10 mbps as too slow and not future proofed. It is expected to cost between £450m and £600m and would need to be recovered by increasing current bills, how much by it is yet confirmed.
The governments USO project was planned to be rolled out by 2020 giving everyone the right to request a broadband connection, regardless of where they live and BT would have to provide the infrastructure.
The intension of the governments’ moves is to shake up the UK broadband industry to invest in infrastructure even if BT and Virgin saw no profit in offering broadband services to remote and rural areas.
BT’s latest initiative aims to ensure that all the UK premises get faster broadband even in the hardest to reach parts in the UK.
Whichever two approaches proposed, we need to be sure that the consumer gets the best deal with no prohibitive costs and that the technology is future proofed to enable faster speeds.