Introduction of broadband connection voucher scheme as alternative to universal service order provision

Digital Economy Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:47 pm on 28th November 2016.

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“The Secretary of State shall introduce a broadband connection voucher scheme to allow an end-user to access broadband other than that supplied by the provider of the universal service order, under Part 2 of the Communications Act 2003.” —(Calum Kerr.)

Although most individuals are likely to choose the standard universal service order offering, this new clause would provide individuals with the option of a voucher scheme that empowers them to take up an alternative solution.

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Question put, That the clause be added to the Bill.

The House divided:

Ayes 221, Noes 277.

Division number 97

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Question accordingly negatived.

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