Fast broadband for all, within 5 years!

broadband-slow-319970 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.


  • Si B.
    Sounds to me like they are all keen to speed up the porn in their holiday homes
  • Digital D.
    BBC News article on this was excellent as it highlighted that the last 2 or 3 pledges were all due in 2015 and none of them had been delivered. The objective of this announcement is really just to change the target before the end of 2015 when the failure to deliver would have crystalised. At work our broadband speed is 3mb so we pay for a dedicated line. By EE 4G speed is 20mb. Welcome to the 21st century.
  • George
    The world gasped agog as Cameron also squeaked "and output at glorious people's tractor factory has risen 10,000%!" His audience stood in breathless adulation! Then went back to stuffing cheap industrial chocolates into their slack maws as they sat in lifeless wonder about a series on making pottery -- making. fucking. pottery. -- on BBC2.
  • Algernon F.
    Wizzard! I can now get the inter web in all my shooting lodges and the installation cost will be subsidised by all the drones in the towns and cities.

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