Ten million homes to receive ultrafast broadband under Tories
At least 10 million homes across Britain will have access to ultrafast broadband by 2022 if the Conservatives win the General Election, Theresa May has announced.
According to the Prime Minister, the Conservatives promise to provide 10 million homes across 100 towns and cities within ultrafast broadband within five years, up from just 500,000 homes currently benefitting from access.
Mrs May added that this plan will clear the way for delivering national coverage over the next ten years, with the ultimate aim of ensuring ultrafast broadband connections for all.
The Prime Minister added that she hopes the Conservatives can provide the majority of the country with next generation 5G signal by 2027, assuming Britain receives a good deal after leaving the European Union.
Commenting on the plans, She said: "As we leave the European Union, we are determined to make the UK the world’s most dynamic digital economy with first-class connectivity as we build a brighter future."
She added: "Our plans to roll out high-speed broadband and extend mobile coverage will mean people can stay connected wherever they live, work, travel and learn – and help end the scourge of not spots."
Under the last government, politicians passed a law that promised Britons basic broadband service of Universal Service Obligation in every home by 2020. With regards to mobiles, the Conservatives stated that they were extending coverage to 95 per cent of Britain to remove gaps in signal.
However, many of the UK's more rural areas are still struggling to achieve connectivity, particularly in areas in Wales and Scotland, where coverage is currently intermittent for many in the more remote regions.