UK broadband outcasts to get 100Mbps first

Ofcom wants next gen broadband for communities that missed out first time round...
Written by Tim Ferguson, Contributor

Ofcom wants next gen broadband for communities that missed out first time round...

UK regions currently without broadband should be at the head of the queue when it comes to the getting next generation networks, according to Ofcom.

The regulator's Consumer Panel said in a new report communities that missed out on the initial broadband roll-out should leapfrog other areas this time around.

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Chair of the Ofcom Consumer Panel, Anna Bradley said the issue of serving broadband-less areas needs to be addressed before work begins on installing the next generation networks. "We already know that the economic case for next generation access will not stack up in some areas and we can predict which areas that will be," she said. "So let's address these issues alongside commercial roll-out, not after it," she said in a statement.

A Consumer Panel spokeswoman told silicon.com: "We're not asking for ISPs to pay but we could nevertheless ask Ofcom to make clear what the shape of regulation could be so that the cost implications are clear."

She added: "It's about asking [ISPs] to identify where the black spots are and then look at alternative funding models."

Next generation broadband could bring speeds of up to 100Mbps which Ofcom says should deliver new services which will bring "huge benefits" to UK consumers, including giving hard-to-rearch regions access to telemedicine and remote eduction.

According to recent statistics from the Office of National Statistics, one third of UK homes are still without internet access.

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