Sunday, 29 May 2022

“Little tangible progress”: DCMS slammed over unclear gigabit broadband progress

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Wednesday 19 January 22

The report suggests the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is overly reliant on commercial operators to meet the national broadband goals

Back in 2019, DCMS announced that it would seek to achieve nationwide gigabit-capable broadband coverage by 2025. This announcement was met with broad scepticism by the UK telecoms community, who suggested that this target would be difficult to achieve, even with a high level of government support and industry collaboration. As a result, in 2020 DCMS revised their target, lowering it from 100% coverage to a more reasonable 85% of UK premises. To help deliver on these targets, in 2019, the government pledged £5 billion in public funding to help connect the most difficult-to-reach 20% of households with gigabit…

Back in 2019, DCMS announced that it would seek to achieve nationwide gigabit-capable broadband coverage by 2025. This announcement was met with broad scepticism by the UK telecoms community, who suggested that this target would be difficult to achieve, even with a high level of government support and industry collaboration. As a result, in 2020 DCMS revised their target, lowering it from 100% coverage to a more reasonable 85% of UK premises. To help deliver on these targets, in 2019, the government pledged £5 billion in public funding to help connect the most difficult-to-reach 20% of households with gigabit…

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