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UK broadband: the government must deliver on its promises

Charlotte Jee | Nov. 26, 2015
Prime minister David Cameron recently promised to make access to 10Mbps broadband a legal right by 2020

Assuming (extremely tentatively) that the government does manage to get superfast broadband to 95 percent of UK homes by 2017, this new scheme will be all about connecting the final five percent.

These are the most remote, rural and hardest-to-reach homes in the UK and connecting them will be a huge challenge.

Ofcom's CEO Sharon White has admitted they will not be eligible for fibre broadband - so the issue will require some creativity. Satellite, fixed wireless and even laser-beams from drones have been suggested as potential ways to connect remote premises.

Either way it will be complex and expensive: all the more reason for the government to get on with fleshing out its broadband plans now, if we are to have faith they will be able to finally deliver.


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