David Cameron: All UK homes/businesses will have "fast broadband" access by 2020

David Cameron: All UK homes/businesses will have "fast broadband" access by 2020

UK Prime Minster David Cameron has pledged that “fast broadband” will be reached to all the homes and businesses in the country by the year 2020.

The announcement by Cameron has comes against the backdrop of the PM’s imminent introduction of a “universal service obligation” for broadband. The move will ensure that the public gets a legal right to request an "affordable" broadband connection.

Cameron said that, in the 21st century Britain, broadband Internet services should not be a luxury. Rather, he asserted that such services should be on the same legal footing as water, gas and electricity; and should one of the “absolutely fundamental to life” rights of the people.

According to Labour, the statement by PM Cameron about making broadband Internet access to all UK homes and businesses by 2020 essentially implies “another five years on the broadband back-burner” for people who are still struggling with their Internet service.

With Cameron expected to share more details about the “universal service obligation” for broadband next week, his recent announcement basically means that consumers all over the UK should have access to at least 10Mbps broadband connection by 2020.

Towards that end, Cameron said in his announcement: "We're getting Britain - all of Britain - online, and on the way to becoming the most prosperous economy in the whole of Europe."

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