Minister of State questioned on UK superfast broadband connectivity

13 April 2016

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee takes evidence from Minister of State, Ed Vaizey MP, as part of its inquiry into establishing world-class connectivity across the UK.


Wednesday 13 April 2016, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

  • Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, DCMS

Focus of the session

The Committee is expected to cover the following areas with the Minister:

  • The UK’s position in terms of establishing world-class connectivity and the steps being taken to future-proof UK connectivity
  • Moves to incentivise investment in fibre to the premises
  • The Government’s performance in rolling out superfast broadband access to 95% of the UK, and the position of each of the four Nations
  • Options for delivering superfast broadband access to the final "five per cent" and the question of the need for further public subsidy
  • The performance of Openreach and its service delivery
  • Design of a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) and covering its costs
  • The question of a separate USO for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • The Mobile Network Operators' performance in increasing mobile coverage and the Government’s part in helping to reduce "not spots" and "partial spots" and extending coverage on the UK’s road network

Further information

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