[techwatch] Following the budget, the government has invited internet businesses to Whitehall for a one day conference next month.
They will debate on what must be done to get the entire country connected to the internet under the Universal Service Commitment (USC), which should mean a minimum 2 Mbps broadband service for all homes throughout the UK.
The invitation comes from the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) unit, which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The man in charge is Ed Vaizey, who already faces an uphill struggle as all government departments are being asked to significantly cut their budgets.
Providing a fixed, rural broadband service has always been a problem, although there are some alternatives such as mobile broadband or satellite broadband, which can offer the desired service at a price!
Government to hold broadband conference