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Broadband

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many households are expected to obtain access to 2MB/s broadband between now and 2012. (256372)

Currently 93 per cent. of UK homes are able to access 2MB/s broadband and with improvements to existing home connections this should increase. The Department’s officials are working with key stakeholders to develop proposals for universal access to broadband that will be published in the full Digital Britain Report later this year.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the costs of ensuring that all households have access to 2MB/s broadband. (256373)

The Department’s officials are working with key market players and Ofcom to assess the most appropriate and efficient way of delivering universal broadband in the UK.

The final Digital Britain report containing details of proposals on universal broadband will be published later this year and will look at estimated costs.