Broadband solutions should be flexible and ambitious, says MP

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Borders MP Calum Kerr, the SNP’s spokesperson for digital, has demanded “flexibility and ambition” for the new universal service obligation (USO) for broadband.

“There’s a real risk that the USO will simply put short-term sticking plasters all over the place, where we need dynamic, futureproofed solutions,” said Mr Kerr.

Mr Kerr, on the committee scrutinising the UK Government’s digital economy bill, pointed out that the UK Government’s proposed speed of 10 megabits per second could quickly become obsolete.

“If this measure is poorly implemented, it could end up cementing the digital divide rather than closing it,” he said.