EEF has responded to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport consultation on establishing a new legal minimum broadband speed in the UK.
EEF agrees with the government that a Universal Service Obligation (USO) is needed. High speed internet access is not only a business need, but is seen as a right. The government should go further in setting out a separate business USO in primary legislation (as distinct to households) and include within that business USO an upload and download speed requirement to be set out in secondary legislation.
EEF also agrees that Ofcom, as the established regulator, should review the minimum speed of a future business USO. The government should set out in primary legislation a minimum time period for review of that USO and a maximum time period by which it would pass secondary legislation to enact any recommended changes to the USO.