- Almost every home in Britain will have ultrafast broadband under the Governments push for the next generation of internet speeds. The drive, a boost to BT because it owns much of the national network that the internet runs over, is part of a move towards the so-called Internet of Things that sees everyday items linked.
- “We’re committing ourselves to a new national ambition to bring ultrafast broadband of at least 100 megabits per second to nearly all homes in the country”, George Osborne said.
- Measures announced in the Budget to boost internet access and technology also include:
- Spending £600 million to prepare new spectrum bands to improve mobile networks
- Using satellite technology to reach the remotest communities
- Vouchers for cities to help them roll out broadband to blackspots
- £40 million investment in an Internet of Things research centre.
BT said: Ultrafast broadband is the next stage in this journey and BT has announced plans to make it available to the majority of the UK within the next decade.