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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 3rd December 2015.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 9:30 am, 3rd December 2015

I have sympathy with the hon. Gentleman’s concern that advertised speeds are not delivered in practice. We talk regularly with Ofcom about that matter. Ofcom is carrying out detailed research and, as I mentioned earlier, making available an application that will allow consumers to test whether they are achieving those speeds. The universal service obligation, to which the question refers, that is coming into place will require all providers to be able to supply at least 10 megabits —the speed that Ofcom currently assesses as necessary for someone to be able to enjoy most normal applications.