It seems that the target date of 2012 for hooking up all the broadband “not-spots” (out of the way rural areas that can’t get a connection) in the UK is going to be pushed back.
The Telegraph and Guardian both reported that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it was not practical to meet Labour’s previous pledge to get rural areas hooked up to a minimum of 2Mbps broadband by 2012.
Hunt told a meeting of telecoms operators that there simply weren’t the funds in place to keep the previous government’s promise.
The 2Mbps minimum won’t happen until 2015 now, previously mentioned as the target date for Britain to have the fastest broadband in Europe.
Hunt had also previously called the 2Mbps broadband pledge Labour made “pitifully unambitious”. Although if we can’t reach that until 2015 now, what are the chances of us being top of the European broadband league in 2015?
Of course, politics always has its bluster. With the current state of the economy and cuts, we wouldn’t be surprised if the speed of deployment of super-fast broadband in the UK wasn’t particularly super-fast to say the least.