Parliamentary committee to examine Broadband Speeds
Following the release of Lord Carter's Digital Britain Report, the Business & Enterprise Committee of the House of Commons has announced today its intention to open an inquiry into broadband speeds in the UK. It will consider, amongst other matters, the following:
- Whether the 2 Mbps Universal Service Obligation by 2012 is "ambitious enough"?
- The appropriateness of the Government's broadband tax on copper lines to fund next generation access?
- Are service providers providing the speeds which they promise?
- The balance of current regulation encouraging fair competition and investment?
We hope that the inquiry raises the issues surrounding broadband notspots and slow-spots to the forefront of the wider policy debate.