DCMS has now made the announcement that the delivery of the Universal Service Obligation will be via regulation (therefore rejecting the BT offer of a voluntary approach.)

 The press notice is here – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/high-speed-broadband-to-become-a-legal-right

 There has been some media coverage thus far today , including the Today programme, and there will be pieces broadcast on BBC’s 1pm and 6pm news including interviews with Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital.


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