A short trading update from KCOM Group PLC (KC, Karoo) reveals that some three years ahead of the Government May 2015 target, the Kingston upon Hull area is meeting the minimum 2 Mbps connection speed for the Universal Service Commitment.
KC has also launched its LightStream products, so is not just looking at minimum speeds, and looking at our broadband speedtest results we are seeing people recording downstream speeds of 97 Mbps and upstreams around the 18 Mbps mark.
The 2 Mbps USC will hopefully only be a baseline figure, rather than a goal that companies and local authorities will think when reached that they can close projects down thinking the job is done. Certainly by 2015 expectations and needs for better speeds will limit those connecting at only 2 Mbps to the sort of activities that people with only dial-up access were considering a year or two ago. Particularly if the goals for faster broadband are met, and commercial websites can target content at the majority, in a similar way to how many websites assume we all use widescreen high definition monitors to view the web.