Minimum download speed must be law enforced, councils urge

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to make the national minimum standard of broadband speed a law, after Whitehall pledged to give citizens the legal right to access a minimum download speed of 10Mbps by 2020.

The broadband connection speed is included in the Universal Service Obligation (USO). However, the LGA have urged the government to make the USO law.
Councillor Mark Hawthorne, the chairman of the LGA’s people and places board, said: “It is paramount that the Government maintains momentum and presses ahead with plans to enshrine the USO in law.

“Good digital connectivity is a vital element of everyday life for residents and can help them cut household bills, stay in touch with distant relatives, file tax returns and, increasingly, run their own businesses.”

Hawthorne added: “As central and local government services become ‘digital by default', more people will need to have faster and more reliable broadband speeds.”