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UK government broadband rollout passes 3.5 million milestone

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Staff writer ▼ | December 28, 2015
More than 3.5 million homes and businesses have now been reached by the Government’s nationwide rollout of superfast broadband
UK broadband
Communications   Internet speeds greater than 24 Mbps
Thanks to the work already completed by the Government’s broadband delivery arm (BDUK) and the commercial sector, almost nine out of ten UK homes and businesses now have access to superfast speeds. The rollout – the fastest one of its kind anywhere in the world - is currently expected to pass the 4 million milestone in Spring 2016.

The rollout is delivering superfast access - Internet speeds greater than 24 Mbps - to those properties not covered by existing commercial networks and is on track to take superfast access to 95 per cent of the UK by December 2017.

Around 55,000 small businesses in 50 cities across the UK were issued with a broadband connection voucher. Businesses benefitting from the scheme are reporting, on average, a £1,300 per year increase in profits, with a new job being created for every four new connections.

Government has also launched a new scheme aimed at providing immediate assistance to those communities in the hardest to reach places who suffer from the slowest speeds.

Every home and business in the UK is now guaranteed a minimum broadband connection speed of at least 2Mbs following the successful implementation of a subsidised satellite offer.

Government has now begun work on introducing a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) with the ambition to give people the legal right to request a connection to broadband with speeds of 10 Mbps, no matter where they live.