Committee calls for evidence on broadband speed

June 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

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The Business and Enterprise Committee will carry out an inquiry in the broadband speed in the UK, it has been announced.

Earlier this month the government published Digital Britain, which included plans for universal access to broadband at a speed of 2Mb/s by 2012.

The committee will consider whether that target is ambitious enough and examine other proposals, such as a “small levy” of 50p a month on all fixed phone lines to establish an independent national fund to be used to ensure maximum next generation broadband coverage.

It will also investigate if ISPs are providing the speed of access which they promise to consumers and consider the extent to which current regulation “strikes the right balance between ensuring fair competition and encouraging investment in next generation networks.”

Written evidence on broadband provision should be sent to the Committee before Friday 25 September 2009, as an MS Word document, of no more than eight pages.

An e-mail should be sent to becom@parliament.uk and a single hard copy sent to the Clerk of the Committee.

NOTE: Once submitted evidence is the property of the Committee and should not be published without the Committee’s consent.

The Committee will usually publish evidence it receives, both in printed form and on the Internet. If you wish your evidence to remain confidential, please contact the Committee staff. Before submitting evidence, please read the guide to submission of written evidence.

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