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10Mbps should be rural internet benchmark says CLA

The government's commitment to providing superfast broadband speed across the UK by 2020 should be "enshrined in law", so says the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

This demand came as the body, which represents farmers, landowners and rural businesses, commented on the Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), a programme designed to make sure that those who live and work in the countryside don’t miss out on affordable and effective superfast broadband.

CLA President Ross Murray said the kind of internet speeds unlocked by superfast broadband would “transform rural areas”.

Currently, only half of rural homes and businesses can receive an internet speed up to 10Mbps, and Mr Murray reckons that should be the benchmark speed for all rural properties.

He commented: “It may work in 2020 but could be insufficient just five years later so the USO must be easily amended to meet the future needs of the market place and the consumer.”

The CLA head added that if speeds fail to hit the 10Mbps benchmark, customers should be compensated and allowed to explore alternative means of connection such as fibre, satellite, and wireless.

He believes that having a broader choice of provider means that no single provider would be overburdened and make prices more competitive for customers.

“As long as there is a suitably effective and efficient framework to implement the USO providers could be at regional level, particularly when considering other technologies such as wireless,” he concluded.

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