In November 2015, the Government set out its intention to introduce a broadband universal service obligation (USO). This would give everyone a right to a decent broadband connection on request. The Government proposed introducing this universal service obligation in recognition of the increasingly important role broadband plays in people’s lives.
Ofcom has been commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to provide technical analysis and recommendations to support the design of the broadband USO. This document seeks views on the design of the broadband USO.
We will provide our final advice to Government by the end of 2016.
Note on Information Memorandum: Paragraph 7.13 of the Information Memorandum states that applicants seeking to take part in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum auction will be able to use a training version of the auction software to run internal mock auctions “throughout the auction”. This is an error in the description, and we are in fact unable to offer this functionality once the auction is underway. The training version of the software will therefore be available for use by applicants only until the start of the auction i.e. when the schedule for the first round of bidding in the principal round is released to qualified bidders.
Note on statement: On 30 August 2017, we published an updated version of the statement to correct paragraph numbers at the end of section 5. This version does not include any other changes.
Note on statement annexes: On 25 July, we published an updated version of the annexes to the statement, correcting the header row of Figure A9.1 on p.194.
Note on consultation: In this revised version of the consultation, Ofcom has removed some of the redactions previously contained at footnote 39, paragraph 4.69, and paragraphs 4.81 to 4.83.
Note on responses: On 27 April 2017, we published a revised version of H3G’s main response, containing fewer redactions.