Broadband Britain Roadmap Published

A roadmap to introduce national universal access to a minimum 2Mbps broadband service has been published today by the government.

The commitment is intended to "deliver universal broadband at speed of 2Mbps and stimulate private sector investment to deliver the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015".

Among the governments tasks was the idea of leveling the playing field between "incumbents and new providers" by November this year. This is set to include a review of barriers to entry for new fibre network operators.

Jeremy Hunt, the Culture minister and the man predominantly in charge of this daunting task, has promised to deregulate the infrastructure that could be shared to extend broadband, and if necessary will pass enabling legislation by November 2012.

He said the introduction of superfast broadband in remote areas would take place at the same time as the roll-out in urban areas. A decision on whether TV licence fees would fund rural roll-out will apparently be made by January 2012 and if so, Broadband Delivery UK will allocate the funds after the Digital Switchover in September 2012.

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