Backing for right to high speed broadband connection for all with Staffordshire already in strong position

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A Government announcement that broadband providers will have a legal duty to connect every UK property to high speeds by 2020 could help the drive to find solutions for properties without current access, Staffordshire’s economy leader has said.

Today the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced that a universal service obligation (USO) is necessary to offer certainty that broadband speeds of at least 10Mbps would be accessed by the whole of the UK by 2020.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “Our Superfast Staffordshire broadband scheme has already ensured that 95 per cent of county properties can connect to high speed broadband – ahead of the national programme. This will rise to 96 per cent by the end of 2018. It means 477,000 properties can now connect when combined with commercial roll-out.

“We have always said we are absolutely committed to finding solutions for the remaining four per cent in the county – such as with our community fibre scheme – and therefore welcome today’s Government announcement if it helps to deliver this. We look forward to seeing the detail and how this can help to make a difference to Staffordshire people and businesses.”