Conservatives vow widespread 100Mbps broadband by 2017

Darren Allan

February 1, 2010

The Tories have said that they will aim to bring 100Mbps broadband to the “majority” of the UK by the year 2017, if they get into power.

It’s certainly a tall order, and achieving it would be facilitated by the Conservatives opening up BT’s monopoly, and allowing other firms to move in with their own cables.

The ambitious project could also possibly be funded by TV license payer’s money.

Even more remote areas of the UK would get super-speedy broadband under the Tory plans.

On the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Shadow Chancellor George Osborne said: “In the 19th Century we built the railways. In the 20th Century we built the motorways. In the 21st Century let’s build the super-fast broadband network that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs for Britain.”

Labour has its own next-gen broadband plans, with a first step of providing at least 2Mbps net access to everywhere in the country by 2012.


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