ISP 'should have legal obligation on rural broadband'
Charles Trotman, Head of Rural Business Development at the Country Land and Business Association, said the money from the “broadband tax” will not be insufficient to upgrade the old copper network to fibre optic so that higher speeds can be reached even in rural areas.
Broadband speeds of 2Mbps or more allow people to download video and music content more easily and run programmes like the BBC iPlayer.
"What is required is a legal obligation on the part of broadband service providers to ensure that everyone has access to a minimum broadband speed of 2Mbps," he said. "If the telecoms industry is feeling the financial pinch, why can’t the Government put in place a public-private partnership where the funds needed for new infrastructure are made available through a loans guarantee?"