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Right to minimum broadband speeds needs monitoring

FSB has welcomed the Government’s decision to increase the proposed broadband Universal Service Obligation from 5 to 10Mbps, but warned that this must include small business properties.

“This was a focus for FSB in 2015, since the initial announcement to introduce a minimum speed was made in March,” said David Tucker, FSB Infrastructure Policy Chairman. “We need to ensure any obligation includes small business premises.”

The minimum speed would particularly benefit businesses in rural locations, he added, but would also affect some firms struggling to get decent connections in towns or cities.

The Universal Service Obligation initially gave every home in the country the right to have a landline telephone service, but has now been extended to include broadband services.