Labour aims to roll out 300Mbps across UK in next decade
Labour will prioritise boosting ultrafast broadband connectivity if it wins the upcoming general election. The party’s manifesto states that on its first day in office, it will instruct the National Infrastructure Commission to report on how to roll out ultrafast broadband offering speeds of 300Mbps across the UK over the next decade. Labour has also pledged to deliver universal superfast broadband availability by 2022, as well as improve mobile internet coverage and expand provision of free public Wi-Fi in city centres and on public transport.
In addition, the party wants to improve 4G coverage and invest to ensure uninterrupted 5G coverage is available in all urban areas and on major roads and railways.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been critical of the government’s handling of the UK’s digital infrastructure for some time.
Speaking at last year’s annual party conference in Liverpool, he said that since promising a broadband Universal Service Obligation of 10Mbps, ministers have let down entrepreneurs, businesses and families, particularly those in rural areas, when it comes to improving connectivity.1