LGA calls for timetable for action on minimum broadband delivery

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to produce a timetable for action on how it intends to press ahead with extending broadband to all of the UK.

Councils believe the government must ‘reaffirm its commitment’ to delivering a minimum broadband speed in order to prevent thousands of homes and businesses from falling into a ‘digital twilight zone’.

The news comes after the government promised to provide every household with a legal right to high-speed broadband, as part of its wider strategy to make the UK a ‘world leader in the digital economy.

The new broadband universal service obligation includes delivering an initial minimum broadband speed of 10 Mbps by 2020, which was announced in the Digital Economy Bill .

Mark Hawthorne, from the LGA welcomes the move towards a better digital connectivity, but maintained the minimum speed must be enough to keep space with national average speeds, particularly at peak times.

In response to the LGA’s intervention, Digital Minister Matt Hancock, argued that nine out of 10 UK homes and businesses already had access to superfast broadband, and Britain was on target to reach 95 per cent coverage by the end of next year.