Today, the Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey, has outlined how this Government is rolling out faster broadband to communities across the country.
World-class connectivity is one of the top priorities of this Government, cementing the UK’s position as a leading digital economy and acting as a driver of local jobs – all part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to secure a brighter future for working people across the country.
Less than a decade ago no one in the UK could get superfast broadband. Now, nine out of every ten homes and businesses can. The UK rollout has been the fastest of its kind anywhere in the world.
Leader of South Lakes Conservatives Ben Berry said good broadband was vital for our area. “Good broadband is increasingly important for our area, not just for residents but for businesses too. If we want to continue to attract tourists and grow our economy with creative industries and services we need fast fibre to service our internet needs.”
In order to get things moving faster and further, hundreds of millions of pounds will be reinvested to extend the infrastructure to remote communities. BT has already confirmed more than £200 million will be reinvested, and more is expected. This comes a day ahead of the publication of the Queen’s Speech which will introduce a new right for ‘hard to reach’ communities to request a ten megabits per second connection, strengthening the Universal Service Obligation announcement from the Prime Minister last year – giving everyone the right to request a fast, affordable broadband connection of a minimum specified speed.