Digital Economy Bill, House of Lords, Committee Stage, 31 January 2017

Digital Economy Bill, House of Lords, Committee Stage, 31 January 2017
Key messages

  • Amendment 2 to Clause 1, tabled by Lord Fox and Lord Clement-Jones, will require the broadband Universal Service Order (USO) to specify minimum download and upload speeds to be made available in every household in the United Kingdom by 2020. We support this idea. We are calling for minimum download speeds to increase in line with national average speeds, and for obligations on upload speeds to be included in the USO. However, in our view the USO's long-term performance requirements are best outlined by the Government in secondary legislation, not in the Bill.
  • We support Amendment 4 to Clause 1, tabled by Baroness Janke and Lord Clement-Jones, to require the provision of a broadband social tariff in order to meet the obligations of the broadband USO. We are calling for the Government to put in place a social tariff to ensure a basic service of at least 10Mbps is available at an affordable price to those most in need, and to prevent further digital exclusion.
  • We support Amendment 8 to Clause 1, tabled by Lord Fox and Lord Foster of Bath, to compel Ofcom to report annually on the implementation of the broadband USO, in order to improve the transparency of the rollout of the USO.

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Digital Economy Bill, House of Lords, Committee Stage, 31 January 2017

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