Feeds

UK.gov abandons 2012 rural broadband pledge

Digital divide stays for now

SANS - Survey on application security programs

The government has dumped a commitment to deliver universal access to 2Mbit/s broadband by 2012.

The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said this morning that the previous government had failed to allocate enough funding to meet the schedule.

Instead, he pledged that all households will have access to a 2Mbit/s downstream service by the end of this Parliament, which assuming the coalition holds together will be in May 2015.

Last year's Digital Britain report claimed one in 10 homes' broadband access falls short of 2Mbit/s, and the government currently estimates there are 160,000 homes in rural areas unable to get any broadband access at all.

Labour first committed to universal 2Mbit/s access by 2012 in January last year, planning to use a large proportion of the £130m annual surplus from the television licence created by the switch off of analogue transmitters.

Hunt today said: "Unfortunately... we found it wasn't enough."

The plan remains to deliver ubiquitous access through an array of national and local providers, and both fixed and wireless technologies.

He was speaking at a conference convened by Broadband Delivery UK, an new unit in the Department of Business that will manage the universal service committment and the rollout of next generation fibre networks. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California
German space centre endures cyber attack
Chinese code retrieved but NSA hack not ruled out
APPLE FAILS to ditch class action suit over ebook PRICE-FIX fiasco
Do not pass go, do cough (up to) $840m in damages
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.