Government broadband policy

The government has published a useful summary of its current broadband policy setting out a number of aims including wanting, by 2015, universal service coverage of 2Mbps (megabits per second) and the best superfast broadband network in Europe. Rural areas are to be given superfast broadband at the same time as more populated areas through the provision of mixed technology and government is engaged in a number of market testing projects. Mobile broadband should be improved after Ofcom auctions the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequencies for fourth generation (4G) mobile services and the government is seeking to improve broadband provider access to utilities’ infrastructure in order to reduce the cost of fixed-line deployment.

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