The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses are arguing that the Universal Service Obligation for broadband should be enshrined into law, to prevent those living in rural areas from being excluded from access to affordable superfast broadband, with compensation for those not able to get the minimum speeds.
"A USO that can guarantee sufficient bandwidth will transform rural areas and must be enshrined in law. Only half of rural homes and businesses can receive a broadband connection with speeds of 10Mbps. That should be a benchmark minimum speed which evolves as technological advances are made. It may work in 2020 but could be insufficient just five years later so the USO must be easily amended to meet the future needs of the market place and the consumer.
If the current mode of broadband fails to deliver, the consumer should be able to explore alternative means of connection from fibre to satellite and wireless."Ross Murray, CLA President
In particular, the CLA argues that more than one USO provider should be appointed to take advantage of the various technologies available.
The CLA's full response to the Ofcom consultation is available here.