CWU call for spectrum auction profits to be invested in broadband
The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has called for the government to use money raised from the recently announced 900MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auctions to be used for broadband rollout. To date, the government has committed only £530m to be made available within this parliament to help fund broadband delivery to broadband notspots and slow spots. The CWU suggest that the money raised, which is likely to several billion pounds, should be used for reinforcing our broadband infrastructure.
"We welcome the Ofcom sale of 4G spectrum but urge the government to seize this opportunity to use the funds as a welcome windfall to inject much-needed cash into superfast broadband infrastructure across the UK.
Early investment in universal broadband will pay dividends many times over so we urge swift action to put the UK at the head of the superfast broadband revolution."Andy Kerr, (Deputy General Secretary) CWU
Whilst such a large cash injection could go a long way to helping broadband by subsidising fibre broadband services to the final-third, where industry is unlikely to reach without the help of government funding, the money is already likely to be earmarked by central government to help fill a hole in the coffers of another government department. A plea of this nature is therefore likely to fall on deaf ears.