Superfast broadband to be investigated by House of Lords

The House of Lords will investigate the UK’s aim of introducing superfast broadband to more areas of the country.

It is expected that the House of Lords Communications Committee’s action will assess the government’s proposals to have the best broadband network in Europe by 2015, in order to highlight any possible areas of improvement.

The technology will affect a wide variety of people, ranging from citizens, consumers and businesses to network providers, regulators and the coalition.

Topics that the investigation will cover include the potential changes in digital communications that will be anticipated over the next 20 years, and how these will impact Britain’s tactical investment in its digital infrastructure.

Another issue that the work aims to highlight is if the coalition’s investment in the technology is being applied to ensure maximum social and economic benefits.

Furthermore, the committee will explore the roles that the different methods of delivery will play when it comes to guaranteeing that the UK’s superfast broadband network will be fit for purpose.

Lord Inglewood, chairman of the Communications Committee, discusses the new inquiry in more detail on YouTube, and explained: “Superfast broadband is clearly an important development across Britain, not just for economic growth but also because it will impact on how people do things such as view media content, shop and even access healthcare.

“We want to look into the government’s proposals to find out if its targets are likely to be met and whether it is being ambitious enough in its plans.”

Ed Vaizey, the communications minister, has commented on the UK’s superfast broadband proposals, explaining that good progress is being made by most local authorities.

At the moment, a third of the country’s 47 superfast broadband projects are set to begin providing the connections to residents and businesses, with Shropshire and Telford among the latest councils to have their local broadband plans approved.



Source: Simon White of Broadband Finders


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