Fast broadband for all, within 5 years!
David Cameron wants every home and business in the UK to have access to a fast broadband connection within the next five years. Of course, his government are planning on hoarding all your correspondence too, but they don't want that to put you off.
The Government wants to give the public a legal right to an "affordable" connection, making an internet connection a basic living service, like electricity, water, or getting drunk. They want to create a universal service obligation, which will provide a regulatory "safety net" for everyone to ensure they have access.
Cameron said: "Access to the internet shouldn't be a luxury; it should be a right - absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain. 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."
"We're getting Britain - all of Britain - online, and on the way to becoming the most prosperous economy in the whole of Europe."
So what does 'fast' mean? Well, they would like to see everyone being able to have a connection with a speed of at least 10 Megabits per second, no matter where they live in the country, and no matter how remote their house is.