This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at how to bring fast, affordable broadband to the whole of the UK.
The Government has committed to ensuring nationwide gigabit broadband coverage by 2025. This report finds that without significant policy reform, the Government is unlikely to meet its target of full fibre to the premises (FTTP) rollout within the next five years. This report discusses the current state of broadband availabiltiy and fibre rollout progress across the UK, alongside a closer look at Ofcom’s future regulatory framework, designed to increase investment in fibre broadband. Through a series of case studies it examines the various policy approaches to fibre rollout adopted internationally, exploring what “policy mix” could propel the UK’s FTTP rollout forwards. It also makes a series of recommendations based on concerns around consumer protection, demand stimulation and shared investment risks.Read Full Report