The Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), endorsed by the Country Land & Business Association has been welcomed by Polegate MP Maria Caulfield.
Rural areas and businesses have historically suffered from sub-standard connectivity, while urban areas have consistently enjoyed fast and reliable broadband. The introduction of the USO aims to change this and has the potential to transform the opportunities available for rural businesses.
It argues for a clear legal right to affordable broadband at a minimum speed of 10Mbps to be included in the Digital Economy Bill, and that this minimum speed is regularly reviewed to ensure it keeps pace with the current technology and demand.
A quarter of rural businesses have had to make investments into connectivity as the available ones are not good enough. This is directly disadvantageous towards rural businesses, as their respective urban businesses do not suffer this problem.
Maria commented, “The various technological advances in our society necessitate high speed broadband for businesses and it is unfair that rural areas are deprived of the level of connectivity enjoyed in the country’s urban areas.
“I look forward to the Government outlining its enforcement of the USO when it is debated in the backbench business debate.”