All UK houses and companies are going to have access to “quick broadband” by 2020, David Cameron has pledged.
The PM will be to introduce a “universal service obligation” for broadband, giving the public a legal right to request an “affordable” connection.
It would put broadband on the same footing to other basic services like water and electricity.
Labour said it meant “another five years on the broadband back-burner” for those struggling using their service.
In 2010, the coalition government promised the UK would have the very best superfast broadband in Europe.
Afterward, in 2012, a pledge was made by then-Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt that the UK would have “the fastest broadband of any major European country” by 2015.
He defined high-speed broadband as offering a download speed of greater than 24 megabits per second (Mbps). Communications regulator Ofcom defines it .