Minister pushes broadband agenda


The government is to draw up a battle plan on the best way to roll out next-generation broadband networks.

It will share best practice from high-speed pilots around the UK as well as lay out the business case for future investment in high-speed networks.

The agreement came out of a broadband summit chaired by Competitiveness Minister Stephen Timms.

Mr Timms said ultra-fast broadband would be a key technology for Britain.

He welcomed Virgin Media’s announcement that it will be launching a 50Mbps (megabits per second) broadband service in the UK in 2008.

“This is an important stride towards full next-generation access in the UK which I’m sure others will want to match,” he said.

Broadband industry leaders met ministers on Monday to discuss how to stop the UK dropping into the internet “slow lane”.

More than half of all UK homes now have a broadband connection, at an average speed of 4Mbps.

But the broadband summit heard how other countries are moving more quickly to build ultra-fast networks that can deliver speeds of as much as 100 Mbps.


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  1. December 16th, 2007
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