Fast broadband to become a legal right for everyone in Britain

Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that he wants to introduce a universal service obligation for broadband.

The new service obligation will give everyone in Britain, the legal right to request an “affordable” internet connection with a benchmark speed of at least 10 Megabits per second, no matter where in the country they live.

David Cameron believes that having a strong internet connection is now a basic requirement along with other services such as water, electricity and it is fundamental to 21st century life in Britain. He said: “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.” It is believed that the creation of a new legal obligation will provide a regulatory “safety net” for housesholds and businesses. Currently just over 8 of 10 homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband and that number is expected to rise to 95% by 2017. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with residential property solicitors in Woking and across the country.