Fast Broadband for All by 2020

David Cameron has pledged fast broadband for all UK homes and businesses by 2020.

The prime minister is to introduce a "universal service obligation" for broadband, providing the public with a legal right to request an affordable connection. This would put broadband on a similar footing to other services such as water and electricity.

Back in 2010 the coalition government promised that the UK would have the best superfast broadband in Europe by 2015.

Mr Cameron's latest announcements are aimed at ensuring customers have access to a broadband connection with speeds of 10MBps, no matter where in the country they live or work.

He said: "Access to the internet shouldn't be a luxury, it should be a right - absolutely fundamental to life in 21st Century Britain."

Mr Cameron is expected to set out further details next week and added: "Just as our forebears effectively brought gas, electricity and water to all, we're going to bring fast broadband to every home and business that wants it.

"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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